Let's make gambling an election issue

As a Canadian company serving primarily American customers, we at SportsDirect have an unfortunately large amount at stake when it comes to American politics - especially during elections. Simply put, anything that changes the American political and legal landscape can have a huge effect on our business.

Therefore, we spend an embarrassingly large amount of time watching political news shows. From the Sunday morning buffet of George Stephanopoulos, Tim Russert, and Chris Wallace, to the late night foolishness of Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert. You name it. We follow it all because we have to.

At least this obsession this gives us a pretty strong base of knowledge from which to develop informed political opinions.

Naturally, we are slightly biased towards politicians we believe will bring a positive change to our industry. Viewing the current state of our industry in America, it isn't a stretch for us to think that change is good.

From our standpoint, that means we have been internally pulling for a candidate we thought represented the biggest change. For the last few months we have thought that candidate was Barack Obama. But some recent news has caused us to reconsider our opinion.

While we have generally shied away from supporting Hillary Clinton - does she really represent change? - we might have a new reason to give her a second look as a candidate for gamblers to support.

As you probably have heard, last week saw the Nevada Caucus as part of the Democratic Party's search for a Presidential candidate. At first, I kind of giggled at the idea of polls located in casinos, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of having potential leaders being forced to expose their opinions on gambling. And it was an eye-opener.

Take a look at this story from the Los Angeles Times.

I'll give you a short summary. Hillary's team went into the Nevada Caucus guns-a-blazin'. They dug up some old quotes from Obama where he expressed some pretty strongly negative opinions about gambling in general.

Of particular concern are these quotes:

  • From 2003... "moral and social cost of gambling, particularly in low-income communities, could be devastating."
  • From 2001... "you'll have a whole bunch of people who can't afford gambling their money away, yet they're going to do it."

Both of these quotes underscore an uneducated view of the gambling industry from Barack Obama. Yes, some people have gambling problems. Yes, some of those people are in low-income brackets. But to draw a correlation between low-incomes and gambling is simply incorrect. It makes a baseless assumption that people with low-incomes are somehow more prone to problem gambling than others. This simply isn't true.

Admittedly, you have to take these quotes from Obama with a certain amount of skepticism. They were produced by the Clinton team - a team renowned for its ability to play dirty politics when necessary. Also, they are quotes from a time before Obama was even in the Senate. He was young, inexperienced and obviously ill-informed.

Obama seems like a smart man, and presumably he now has a bit more experience and has witnessed first-hand the benefits that regulated gambling can offer society, from increased tax revenues for social programs to simply being a harmless, if occasionally expensive, source of entertainment for adults with expendable income. Obama is rumored to be an avid poker player and to his credit he backed away from his historical comments when lightly questioned.

On the other side, Hillary has some pretty strong ties to the gambling industry. The above article lists a litany of Clinton fund raisers and advisers with ties to the gambling industry.

So where

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Posted by jlgarciaiii22
6 years ago

https://ssl.capwiz.com/safeandsecure/issues/alert/?alertid=9711506 Follow this link to email your states Congressman with pre-made emails to help with Legalizing Internet Gambling
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Posted by porterkid69
6 years ago

it's at #200 most popular
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Posted by steinmans80
6 years ago

194 now
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Posted by steinmans80
6 years ago

we are at 199 most popular, we need more voting!!!
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Posted by steinmans80
6 years ago

3689, and how are we doing is it going to make it to the top of the questions?
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Posted by Richman
6 years ago

Currently question 3667
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Posted by Weathered
6 years ago

done...i really hope we get this question asked....everyone vote!
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Posted by username474
6 years ago

click on topic on the first page then go to social issues and look through those questions, it will save you about an hour
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Posted by Juliano
6 years ago

I think the issue, Imma, is that laws should be just and should make sense. In my mind, it doesn't make sense that you can gamble at a casino in nearly every state, but not on your computer. And I also don't think it is just that you can bet off-track and online on horse racing, but not on regular sports. In addition to that, the government is chosing to pass up on the opportunity to regulate, monitor and tax online gambling, allowing that money to go instead to street bookies and organized crime.
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Posted by ImmaLemon
6 years ago

im not sure what the issue is. i like my offshore book and i love the fact they hate america and will not share my info, cause its up to ME to claim my winnings on taxes, lets keep it that way.
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Posted by Zeeglah22
6 years ago

If they even tried to make online gambling illegal for U.S. citizens that would cause total anarchy in America. Think of how many guys "like us" would flip garbage.......way to many American males are addicted to sports gambling. That would be similiar to the alcohol prohibition. And the only thing that would change would be a massive switch from online gambling to illegal gambling through local bookies in mass numbers. This would in turn cause a massive spike in murder rates in the US resulting from angry gamblers/bookies killing their shady bookies or gamblers for not paying up what they owe. F*in democrats....what a disaster
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Posted by analyzer
6 years ago

Now it's on page 52 - not sure I understand why it keeps moving all over the place.
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Posted by torpeteo
6 years ago

Done. Page 32 question 790 last time I checked.
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Posted by paolho
6 years ago

Done. It is on page 49 (when I checked on it last).
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Posted by buyubengal
6 years ago

The question #is 1221 hope this helps.
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Posted by steinmans80
6 years ago

"3689, and how are we doing is it going to make it to the top of the questions?"