Online Gambling Ban Should Be Opposed By Everyone

In a move that surprised and angered many, the United States settled a trade dispute with Canada, Japan and Europe over the UIGEA or Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Many thought that this was the perfect time to stick it to the US, and by settling those countries have made it more difficult to get real money casino legalized in the states.

Some are even more angered by the fact that a settlement was reached but the government will not release the details. They feel that they are entitled to that information, as the fine will be paid with US tax dollars. But either way, they have still made it more difficult for everyone else.

The biggest problem with the online gambling ban is that it does not make all online gambling illegal. Because of the support that the government has gotten from the horse racing industry, they are paying them back in spades by allowing their form of online gambling to continue. They are also allowing state lotteries, but they are not allowing the most popular form of online gambling and that is poker playing.

Antigua is another one that has been fighting the US over their online gambling ban; however, the tiny little country has made much bigger strides over it. The WTO has awarded the country $21 million in reparations, and there is literally nothing that the US can do about it.

It seems absurd that not only does the government think that they have the right to decide how the US will spend their money in the privacy of their own homes, but now they are causing other countries to take the money of their citizens because they won’t repeal a law that no one wants anyway.

In what came initially as a surprise to many, eBay has joined forces with the online gambling opponents, and has thrown their support behind Rep. Bob Goodlatte. Goodlatte has been attempting to push through a bill that would ban online gambling, and many thought for some reason that a company such as eBay would not support such a bill.

It does not seem prudent that an internet company of the size of eBay would want the government regulating and inspecting what they do, but this is just what eBay has signed on for. If the bill were to pass, congressional regulation of the internet would be business as usual.

There have been those that say that they are trying to curry favor with Goodlatte, to put them on his good side. However, others know that it is more about eBay protecting themselves. By supporting the bill, they could very well be creating a monopoly of sorts so that they can continue making money.

It all comes down to a question of PayPal. Once involved in the online gambling industry when owned by other people, once it was sold to eBay they made it illegal to use the site for online gambling. Other companies do what PayPal used to do instead as they are located offshore and can do pretty much what they please.

However, if Goodlatte’s bill passes it will make it illegal for these companies to have anything to do with US citizens in as far as online gambling or anything else that the government deems inappropriate. They will be shut out from the basic purchases as well, which leaves eBay and their PayPal to pick up the pieces and thus have their very own monopoly. Sure other companies will build on those ideas, but not before PayPal makes a killing.