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Obama legalizes Internet gambling in Your House, bypassing Congress and Courts.
On Christmas Eve President Obama released a secret memo signed by AG Eric Holder’s Department of Injustice last September, which intentionally legalized internet gambling by “reinterpreting” the 1961 Wire Act which had always banned casino gambling online.
Bankrupting addicts, destroying families, and corrupting teenagers, Obama pandered to the anti-family gambling industry to help them invade our homes with greed. It’s not enough for Obama and Harry Reid (D-NV) to push gambling in Las Vegas or Indian Reservations, now they want full gambling casinos in every home in America.
Bypassing Congress and the Courts who would never approve (because voters disapprove), Obama could not pass or sign any new law, so he directed Attorney General Eric Holder to”reinterpret” the existing 1961 Wire Act, which federal law had always banned telephone, fax, or internet gambling, until now.
Presidents Bush and Clinton both applied the 1961 Wire Act to prohibit internet gambling, and their Departments of Justice prosecuted the illegal practice because it hurts families, addicts, and teenagers. But America is no longer safe from greedy addiction, and up to 15% of families will fall into gambling addiction. Obama wants more homeless, not jobs.
Just like they refused to enforce the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, Obama and Holder now refuse to enforce the 1961 Wire Act. They unconstitutionally seized power from Congress and unliaterally re-defined federal gambling laws. Their unconstitutional power grab violates their oath and duties as chief law enforcment officers, and gives unlimited power to casinos to invade every home in America with greed by a computer.
Let’s demand Congress stop Obama, and enforce the law, by stopping internet gambling.
Obama feels gambling is one area of our economy where the rules should be loosened and government regulation should be minimal. He’s on the take, raking in big donations from special gambling interests, including the pro-gambling mob.
Obama’s Department of Injustice wrote an opinion reversing decades of previous policy that had made it a crime to operate online gaming. Until now, the government held that online gambling in all forms was illegal under the Wire Act of 1961, which bars wagers via telecommunications that cross state lines or international borders.
They changed their minds. Why? Because the people no longer support him, Obama needs money to get re-elected, and to pay off his mistakes. He falsely claims internet gambling can raise billions in tax revenue, but the opposite is true. He will destroy working-class families and cheat poor people out of their life savings.
The social cost of gambling already exceeds $7 billion per year in addiction costs,brankruptcies, and crime costs, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling. Now imagine the costs if gambling is available on every iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Windows phone. Addictions will skyrocket, and fat-cat mob bosses will prosper.
Phyllis Schlafly warns: “Once states become dependent on gambling dollars, they search for more and more ways to entice the weakest among us to pour more of their money down the drain of gambling.” Obama’s government is now the enemy of the poor!
More than half of all homeless surveyed admit gambling is a temptation that makes it hard to return to normal working lives. The poor are most affected when people play and lose money, especially in goverment-sponsored gambling such as lotteries and now casinos.
Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) said that ending the federal ban on internet gambling would enable the spreading of gambling to every computer and phone. It would be like having anunavoidable casino at everyone’s fingertips, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Teenagers are in danger too. Sheldon Adelson, the worlds richest casino owner, opposes internet gambling because “the available technology is not good enough to preventteenagers from making wagers.” Obama directly contributes to delinquency of minors.
Neither can states restrict online gambling to residents within their own borders, nor stop children from playing them. State lotteries have a poor record of preventing retailers from selling tickets to minors. How much worse will unsupervised web gambling hurt kids?
A report from Loma Linda Medical School in California showed that “at least one out every five young people has a serious gambling-related problem, and the rate of gambling among the young is now almost double the 1988 rate.” Nearly a half-million teens are gambling addicts, almost the same number as those addicted to prescription drugs.
Delware Online reports: “The precedent-breaking opinion was written by Virginia A. Seitz, assistant attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel.
“Until Seitz made her ruling, states were afraid to use the Internet to sell any gambling chances because they thought the federal Wire Act prohibited that practice.
“But she ruled, just months after she was sworn in, that nothing in that act would prevent a state from selling its own lottery tickets online. The ruling could easily be extended to include online poker and other forms of betting.”
Seitz’ postion will embolden pro-gambling Senators like Harry Reid (D-NV). The memo’s release came one day after Nevada officals approved in-state online gambling.
Let’s take a stand to protect American families from greed and corruption.
“The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” — 1 Tim. 6:10
God Bless you, in Jesus’ name,
Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt
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