Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) would’ve been an awesome legislator…in 1920.
And back then, we could give him a pass for not knowing any better. But just as alcohol prohibition failed, creating enormous law enforcement headaches, Goodlatte’s legislation, if it passes, will do the same.
Today, the House Judiciary Committee will mark up bill H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.
"I am a big advocate of opening up the Internet to all kinds of legitimate uses," says Goodlatte, who then continued with this gem: "But we don’t want the Internet to become the Wild West of the 21st century."
Uh, we’re about 14 years too late for that one.
On Goodlatte’s website, he claims that Internet gambling currently, "threaten[s] the ability of states to enact and enforce their own laws." However,
And twice on Goodlatte’s website he states pro-regulate it and tax it facts. First, he says that Internet gambling activities "…suck billions of dollars per year out of the U.S. economy…" And later he says, ‚ÄúGambling on the Internet has become an extremely lucrative business…Numerous studies have charted the explosive growth of this industry, both by the increases in gambling websites available, and via industry revenues. Internet gambling is now estimated to be a $12 billion industry, with approximately $6 billion coming from bettors based in the U.S." Seems like keeping it within our borders and taxing it might be a smarter route, don’t you think, Bob?
The illogic and early 20th century mentality of Goodlatte is remarkable (in a bad way). Visit the PPA today and sign up to help make sure Goodlatte doesn’t get his way.