The online gambling industry’s ‘Public Outcry Capaign’, meant to reveal the publics displeasure in this century’s form of prohibition, is moving into phase two this week. Callers will be emphasizing to their representatives that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act should be repealed because it is in direct violation of a recent World Trade Organization ruling.
(PRWEB) April 23, 2007 — The Internet gambling community’s ‘Public Outcry Campaign’, sponsored by Casino Gambling Web, has been going on for only under a week and thousands of phone calls have already been made to congress people expressing a strong desire to repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
The ‘Public Outcry Campaign’ will continue this week with callers emphasizing to their representatives that the law should be repealed because it is in direct violation of a recent World Trade Organization ruling.
A case was brought up against the US by Antigua to the The World Trade Organization (WTO) because when the United States banned Internet gambling they wiped out the major revenue stream of the small island country. The US claimed they banned Internet gambling because they believed it to be morally wrong, yet in the bill the US allowed exemptions for state run lotteries and betting on horse racing. The WTO ruled that if the US was claiming to ban Internet gambling for moral reasons, then they must not include the exemptions which are contradictory to their moral claims. The WTO said the US must comply with the ruling or they will face sanctions.
In terms of the legalization of gambling, the United States of America has the most liberal and progressive laws in the world. Las Vegas, Nevada is the largest gambling mecca in the world. Atlantic City, New Jersey has long been a favorite gambling spot for those on the east coast of America. Louisiana has a large casino in New Orleans that gamblers in the south attend. Mississippi is also host to many major gambling casinos in the south. Florida has been expanding many Indian gaming casinos. Pennsylvania just approved slot parlors and then they approved a virtual form of table gaming for those slot parlors. West Virginia has slot parlors and they just approved full Vegas style table games. Delaware has slot parlors and virtual table games. California just approved 22,500 slot machines to be added to Indian casinos, which is the equivalent of ten Vegas style casinos. Many more states are also considering gambling. Yet, Internet gambling was deemed to be morally wrong by the US government, so it was banned.
Many American states have state run lotteries that are heavily promoted on public television. Any person over eighteen can enter any gas station in a state where lottery gambling is legal and they can buy as many lottery tickets as they can afford, they can even buy more tickets than they can afford. Lottery gambling is not only morally acceptable, it is also heavily promoted, yet, Internet gambling was deemed morally wrong.
Congressman Barney Frank, who is the leader of the future bill meant to repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, said last week in an interview, “One argument for (the passing of the UIGEA) was this activity adds nothing to the GDP (gross domestic product). That’s a chilling principle; that if something doesn’t add to the gross domestic product we can ban it. That’s a kind of … corporatism that is very troubling to me.”
Frank explained that politicians were starting to hear complaints from many of their constituents about the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. He emphasized that callers should continue expressing their dissent and focus on telling their congress people that they must abide by WTO rulings if they want other countries to follow rulings in the US favor.
Therefore, this week the ‘Public Outcry Campaign’ will focus all of its energies on explaining to representatives how the US must abide by the WTO ruling and repeal the UIGEA.
Casino Gambling Web, the sponsor of the ‘Public Outcry Campaign’, has created a page featuring every representative in the 110th congress. All names listed on the page link to the representative’s email address. Each representative’s phone number to their Washington offices and home state offices are listed. Each representative’s Washington office mailing address is also listed. Contacting the representatives by phone is the ambition of the campaign, but contacting them by any means possible is also recommended.
The goal of the ‘Public Outcry Campaign‘ is to let all politicians know that Americans want their freedom back. The intended result of the campaign is to end the 21st century form of prohibition that does not allow responsible adults to spend their money however they want in the safety of their own home.