Online Gambling & Senator Kyl: To laugh or cry?
Does Senator Jon Kyl
(R-Arizona) seem way too obsessed with the online gambling
issue? He sure does. And what better place to show it than
during the congressional hearing of the Attorney General Alberto
The Senator from Arizona,
during the questioning of Mr. Gonzalez in relation to the firing
of eight state attorney generals, had the audacity to start
asking questions about online gambling!?! Mr. Kyl was obviously
trying to pressure and take advantage of the current situation
Alberto Gonzalez is in, and wanted to know far the Attorney
General Office has gotten in prospective to the online gambling
Was Senator Kyl just
trying to take advantage of the widely publicized issue with the
firings, and did he just go way over the line, asking online
gambling questions during such an important investigation,
completely unrelated to Internet gambling?
Is it a coincidence that
Senator Jon Kyl is continuing his public pressure on this matter
during a time when we see one of the biggest nation-wide Indian
gambling expansions ever?
Asking questions of one's
personal crusade shows that this man would not hear any facts,
be involved in any discussions, or would consider anything
rather than banning online gambling (except the forms he seems
to approve, such as online track betting and online lotteries),
do noting but hurt Sen. Kyl's cause, because in a democratic
country, laws are made for the people, not for the senators.
Senator Jon Kyl is also
part of the "Terrorism, Technology & Homeland Security
Subcommittee", and let's hope he will not go too far and try to
declare online gambling an act of terrorism...
Mr. Kyl, did you know
that according to the Arizona Office of Problem Gambling's Youth
Survey of 2006, out of more than 60,000 students (grades 8
through 12) surveyed, 13, 117 were frequent gamblers and 92.4%
have never gambled on the Internet? And only 69.4% have never
played the lottery or scratch tickets? Don't you think that you
should really focus on curbing the state-promoted gambling
addiction among the youth in your state of constituency?
Did you also know that
participating in the Arizona State Lottery and games is
prohibited for persons under the age of 21? Don't you think that
when that lottery seems to convert over 30% of the underage
residents into gamblers, you, as a state representative, should
focus first on the 30.6% of the Arizona students which have
gambled on the state lottery games, and only after you take care
of this huge problem, help the 7.6% who have gambled online in
the past 12 months?
Here are some more
statistics, just to see where the gambling problems of Arizona
may be coming from. According to the Arizona Office of Problem
Gambling's Helpline Statistics for 2006, some of the primary
gambling preference of the people who called were: Slot
Machines: 59.8%, Lottery: 4.5%, Internet: 2.5%, Stock Market:
0.2%. Obviously, for the most part, the gambling problems come
from the state's Indian casinos, although stock market gambling
seems to pick up speed, so maybe we should ban online day
trading, as well?