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Government Gambling Profitable

The lamestream media told you:
Congress is poised to stop Internet gambling because of the harm it does to the public, is growing rapidly, and because it is against laws already on the books.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Mere days ago the AP was cheerleading Congress' interest in cracking down on the Internet, to halt harmful private gambling operations. Most of these are based overseas, which simultaneously deprives government of sorely needed taxes.

Now, the Gannett news chain's number two paper (the 500K circ. Arizona Republic) ran a front-page above-the-fold Sunday feature extolling the virtues of government-run gambling. (Gannett's number one paper, USA Today, did not carry a similar story.)

The stunning hypocrisy stared readers blatantly in the face, but was apparently unnoticed by the editors and reporters, judging from the article's content.

Headlined, "Gambling On A Sure Thing," the story featured a huge lottery ping-pong ball as the graphic, and ran numbers approving of the games, which critics have disparagingly labeled "a tax on stupid poor people."

According to the gushing sidebar, "Lottery By The Numbers," the state sold more than 21 million lottery tickets in just 10 days when it began; nearly $9 million in unclaimed prizes in 2005 alone is a fringe bonus that the state simply keeps; the take in the first year for the "Pick" game exceeded $86 million, and though only 14 states had their own gambling operations in place when Arizona started, 42 states run wonderful games today.

No constitutional authority for running gambling operations exists. I double checked.

"It's no wonder states want to run numbers and gaming ventures," says a gambling expert. "They pay out millions but take in billions, and the people, almost all of whom will be losers, give them the money willingly -- unlike taxation." Without providing exact figures, the Gannett story shows this one state's take is around $5 billion.

It's also no wonder they want to use their police power to shut down their competitors in the private sector, dashing hopes that the government is not just running another protection racket.

In a previous story, the Uninvited Ombudsman suggested government's main interest in the gambling issue was to take control of the world wide web. They do however seem to have a stake in gambling that goes beyond a mere interest in controlling the Internet, and I apologize for this oversight.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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