News and commentary by: Whymrhymer

Some laws should, themselves, be against the law and the same thing can be said for the Congressional practice of “attaching” a bill to another bill, just to assure it’s passage.

Case in point: Yesterday, the President signed a bill titled the “Port-Security Bill” which sounds like a good thing and probably is. No problem there! The problem is, at the same time, the President was tightening up port security, with the same strokes of his pen, he was signing a second bill into law, a bill titled the “Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act;” this act effectively shuts down online (Internet) casinos in the United States because it makes it impossible to bet using any U.S. financial institution’s credit card, debit card or other financial instrument. The only way around this would be to establish a bank account outside the United States.

Read this excerpt from the Washington Post article titled “New Law Cripples Internet Gambling”:

“The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.), said he opposes all gambling, citing its ‘ill effects on society,’ but particularly Internet gambling, which led him to draft the legislation in the summer. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) attached Goodlatte’s bill to the port-security measure to ensure its passage and Bush’s signature.”

That tells the whole shady story! One Senator decides that he doesn’t like something so he writes a piece of legislation making that something illegal. He knows that his legislation is so weak that it will not be able to pass on its own, so he convinces the Senate Majority Leader to attach his legislation to some other bill that is sure to pass. There might be some justification for this procedure if the two bills are somehow dependent on each other but in this case we have a piece of legislation that is in no way related to the legislation it’s attached to.

This may be (and is) normal operating procedure in Washington D.C. but anywhere else in this country this type of activity would be called what it really is, ‘fraudulent behavior’ and it would subject the perpetrators of the fraud (Senators Goodlatte and Frist) to criminal prosecution.

Links:

“New Law Cripples Internet Gambling”

“Fraud” defined from Answers.com (its a perfect fit!)

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