It should be obvious to all by now that the people who are supporting Ron Paul are the ones that care about personal liberties and the economy. Although virtually unmentioned, Ron Paul came in second in the caucus in Nevada. Nevada has large population of people who live off of tips, care about the freedom to gamble and they have a housing market that once supported spec buyers and now they all are stuck with over priced properties they cannot unload.
The people in Florida have a very similar set of circumstances to the people in Nevada. They too like to gamble, they are feeling the effects of the housing market crashing and they care about freedom. So what does all this have to do with Ron Paul? A little over a year ago, Congress passed a bill called the Safe Port Act. They snuck into that act, a bill that makes illegal gambling illegal called the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA). Although you wouldn’t think that a bill that simply made illegal things illegal would have much of an effect, the UIGEA put the onus on the banks to make sure that no illegal gambling took place and they would be the ones to get into trouble if such actions occurred. Naturally, the banks, afraid of not knowing what is legal and what is not (the law at this point is not clear) decided to simply stop all forms of gambling online including poker.
Millions of people play poker for money. They play it in their kitchen, in their local casinos and they played it online. When this UIGEA bill was made into law, online sites in other countries were virtually shut out of the American market because the banks refused to do business with them, unsure of what would or would not be illegal. Needless to say, this was very expensive for these overseas online poker sites and overnight publicly traded stocks lost millions, individual investors saw savings wiped out and the little nation of Antigua got upset. So they sued the gigantic United States for violating trade agreements.
To shorten this story, let me just say, one of the consequences of this bill is that due to sanctions from the WTO for the UIGEA, off the coast of Florida, large oil derricks are being built that will hurt the housing prices of those that have views of these lovely monstrosities, may cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem of Florida and is cutting into commercial fishing lanes.
Ron Paul was one of the only members of Congress to vote against the bill.
Ron Paul also is the only man running who has extensively studied economics, knows why our economy is crashing so quickly and therefore knows how to fix it. You cannot fix what you do not understand. Please go to www.ronpaullibrary.org and read some of Ron Paul’s articles about the economy and what it needs.
We do not need any more politicians who pretend there is no problem in this economy and that everything is rosy. People are paying more for groceries every single week, the price of gas does not look as if it will ever come down again and for many even if they own a house, they cannot sell and get out without owing money. That is not to mention the people who got in with teaser rates that are now ballooning and they have no way to pay the new mortgages. (Most of those people expected to stay in their house a few years, then sell it and make a hefty profit before those ballooning payments came due – too bad no one mentioned that it was likely the prices would drop instead of rise. No one that is, except economists like Ron Paul who understand why the housing bubble happened and how to prevent such bubbles from happening.)
We also do not need any more politicians telling us how we can spend our money and on what. In South Florida there is a casino called the Hard Rock and the residents enjoy going there. So why is that a person can legally get into their car and drive to a casino a mile or two away, gamble to their heart’s content but if they are ill or unable to drive they are not allowed to do that same activity in the comfort of their own home?
Ron Paul has stood up for the rights of Americans since he came into office. That is one of his major appeals. He believes in freedom. He believes in the United States Constitution which, contrary to what most believe, is a restriction on government action and is not a document granting people rights. You start with the rights and then the Constitution limits what the Federal Government can do about those rights (and originally, it was not much). No where in the Constitution, does it say the Federal Government can crash a stock, destroy an entire industry and prevent people from gambling at home but allow them to gamble one block away.
Ron Paul will restore our rights. Ron Paul will restore our economy. The people of Nevada knew that and the people of Florida should be told that. —
Jennifer Reynolds, Gambling911.com
Originally published January 24, 2008 1:18 pm EST