Friday, January 6, 2012

Poker Can Make The Government Money

Do you...

(a) think the government should not be in so much debt, but don't really feel like paying more taxes to cover the IOUs?

or

(b) play poker and want to enjoy the game legally from the comfort of your own home.

Then you should pass this letter on to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (found here http://deficitreduction.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact because...

(a) you'll sit back and watch a bunch of degenerate gamblers pay a vice tax to help get the country back on track.

or

(b) it will let the government know that you want to enjoy the game legally from the comfort of your own home.

Here is a sample letter provided by the Poker Player's Alliance.

"Dear Honorable Joint Select Committee Members,

Please support HR 2366 -- raise revenue without raising taxes

As a voter and tax payer, I am writing to ask that you please consider H.R. 2366, the Online Poker Act of 2011, during your deficit reduction discussions. This bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX), will provide much needed federal and state revenue without raising taxes. It will also bring American companies into the Internet poker market, creating thousands of new jobs that we so desperately need. It will provide for strong consumer protections and age verification requirements as well.

Former Homeland Security Advisor Tom Ridge supports federal licensing of online poker because it addresses control and accountability of cash flows. Additionally, WiredSafety, the world's largest Internet safety group, concluded that "combining a thoughtful regulatory scheme with education, technology tools, and support appears to be the most effective means of handling the realities and risks" of online poker. This groundbreaking study can be found at www.theppa.org/harvardstudy. U.S.-based horse race wagering sites have proven that online betting sites can successfully implement these important protections. The game of poker deserves no less.

This bill does not authorize video poker or any other house-banked casino-style game. Rather, it provides for sensible regulation of the game of online poker -- the electronic version of the game families across America play at the kitchen table -- and is limited to this person-to-person game of skill.

Every federal dollar wasted on efforts to stop American adults from playing online poker is another dollar added to the federal deficit. Quite frankly, there's simply no reason for the deficit reduction super committee to ignore HR 2366.

Thank you for your consideration,

Add your name here"

2 comments:

  1. Shame that committee couldn't compromise their way out of a paper bag.  No one thinks online poker by itself is the answer to the deficit, but you start adding 20 billion here and 10 billion there and you get to a trillion pretty quickly...

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