Online Gambling Debate: Barney Frank Vs. Spencer Bachus

Weighing personal freedom and responsibility against morals and horror stories of addiction.


Proponents of legalizing online gambling call prohibitions a sucker’s bet—sacrificing freedom to gain the moral high ground but little else. Opponents cite states’ rights and problem gambling, as well as a need to protect young citizens from vices. Should online betting be legal?
Edited by Steve St. Angelo


There is one major reason that leads me to oppose the ban on Internet gambling: It is an activity

Barney Frank

By Barney Frank
Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee

that adult Americans enjoy and that does no conceivable harm to anybody else.

There are people who believe that it is appropriate to use the law to impose on others personal, religious, or moral tenets, whether or not they deal with behavior that impinges on others. Obviously, society has an obligation...



In the history of our country, the federal government has never authorized or sanctioned

Spencer Bachus

By Spencer Bachus
Republican from Alabama and ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee

gambling of any kind. Now, offshore casino interests are leading an unprecedented effort to legalize Internet gambling.

Internet gambling's characteristics are unique: Online players can gamble 24 hours a day, seven days a week from home; children may play without sufficient age verification...


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