- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 8, 2000

In a recent article on the prospects of an on-line gambling ban passing the House ("Legislation to ban Internet gambling stalled in Congress," July 6), writer Sean Scully describes the efforts of various conservative organizations to stop passage of the proposed bill because it contains "implicit" loopholes that still would allow certain forms of on-line gambling.This bill partially addresses their concern by prohibiting state governments from holding on-line lotteries. While the constitutionality of such a measure is debatable, the premise is correct: Government shouldn't be involved in private enterprise. Conservatives should focus on state-run lotteries and other government-subsidized gambling operations rather than attacking

rivate businessmen, who aren't funded by tax

ayer dollars.[P]rivate casinos, racetracks and bingo

arlors can't rely on state funding if they lose money; they have to attract the business of willing

atrons. Removing these "guarantees" from government-s

onsored gambling venues should be the first move of concerned grou

s.THOMAS [P]EARSONResearch assistantCom

etitive Enter

rise InstituteWashington

THOMAS PEARSONResearch assistantCompetitive Enterprise InstituteWashington

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