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  • mongoman

    Saw this press release today. At least one political party is saying something. Granted, it’s a third party, but still.

    LP to New York: Cease and desist your rigged state lottery; leave fantasy sports alone

    In the face of New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman’s issuing of cease-and-desist orders to fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel, the Libertarian Party calls for the state of New York and every other state-run gambling operation to immediately shut down their immoral and hypocritical operations.

    One only needs to stand at a check-out counter where working poor dump the bulk of their disposable income into reels of state lottery tickets every day to witness the devastation that state lotteries wreak on the vulnerable.

    Yet politicians have the audacity to call private gambling a “social ill.”

    Not only is this egregiously hypocritical, it covers up the state’s own racket.

    Greedy politicians use state lotteries to gouge gullible players, paying out only a fraction of what private operators pay out.

    New York payouts are no more than 40-75% of ticket sales. That is to say, it pockets a whopping 25-60% of revenue.

    In contrast, online gambling websites pay out 96-98% on average. Typical Las Vegas casinos payout over 99% on slot machines and poker games. Plus they throw in entertainment and free drinks.

    In other words, the New York government pockets 25 to 60 times as much as casino operators do. Business is great when you can outlaw competition.

    State governments not only play by very different rules than they impose on others; they break their own rules.

    The Illinois state lottery held back paying winners as promised this year due to a budget impasse. They’re issuing IOUs instead. Yet no one is coming by with a crow bar to crack their knees for stiffing their customers.

    State government lotteries are the real social ill. They run taxpayer-funded ads to lure their customers into buying addictive lottery tickets. They shut down their competitors under the threat of fines and imprisonment, forming state-sanctioned monopolies. Then they gouge their customers with pathetic, piddling payouts.

    “Schniederman isn’t going after Draft Kings and FanDuel to protect New Yorkers, he’s going after them to crush competition for the New York lottery,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “It’s supposed to be the job of attorneys general to break up the rackets that prey on poor people, not protect them.”

    Unlike state lotteries, private gambling operators are fair and civil to their customers. They do not use force to suppress their competitors. Instead, they respond to competition by giving their customers a better deal.

    “We call on New York and other state governments to cease-and-desist these bullying tactics,” said Sarwark, “and for the repeal of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) that government uses to stop Americans from making an honest wager.”

  • Nookx

    I wish more people understood the value of freedoms. This is the truth. Republicans and democrats are taking away freedoms daily and in the end it will take a civil war to get our freedoms back.

  • nykes1218

    Can we somehow get this trending

  • aka_the_goat

    @Nookx said...

    it will take a civil war to get our freedoms back.

    Are we still talking about DFS?

  • hambazaza

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    if libertarians didn’t support dfs, then they wouldn’t be libertarians.

  • ActionJunkie

    @Nookx said...

    I wish more people understood the value of freedoms. This is the truth. Republicans and democrats are taking away freedoms daily and in the end it will take a civil war to get our freedoms back.

    If you don’t see how it’s the Liberals/Democrats at the heart of the political correctness plague and big government, then you aren’t paying attention. I actually read a story today about a principal threatening sexual harassment charges to a NINE YEAR OLD for a “love letter.”

    Sure, both sides are to blame for some of it but our freedom being ripped away is a platform for the democrats right now as they think it is “improving” our country. Just listen to the Democratic Presidential debate compared to the Republican… completely different mindsets.

    We should take whatever we get, but yes, libertarians are going to be the first to our side being you know they are the definition of free will.

  • einars

    @hambazaza said...

    if libertarians didn’t support dfs, then they wouldn’t be libertarians.

    lol this^^

    being completely dgaf about what other people do is the foundation of a libertarian

  • srolleDFS

    @ActionJunkie said...

    If you don’t see how it’s the Liberals/Democrats at the heart of the political correctness plague and big government, then you aren’t paying attention.

    i was hoping some republicans would stick up for dfs, but i only see chris christie, and i dont think he really counts.

  • einars

    @srolleDFS said...

    i was hoping some republicans would stick up for dfs, but i only see chris christie, and i dont think he really counts.

    he def doesnt count lol. its not a big enough issue for anyone to stick their neck out. thats why coming out against it is a no lose situation. you arnt pissing off a big enough portion of the population to risk any loss and there is the potential you might gain favor with people that dont understand it. using the same logic its not worth coming out in defense of it because you are pleasing a small portion and potentially pissing a larger portion of voters off.

    the only reason to support it is because its the right thing to do and well….these are politicians so thats not even in the discussion.

  • btwice80

    @ActionJunkie said...

    If you don’t see how it’s the Liberals/Democrats at the heart of the political correctness plague and big government, then you aren’t paying attention. I actually read a story today about a principal threatening sexual harassment charges to a NINE YEAR OLD for a “love letter.”

    How do these two sentences even remotely relate to each other?

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    @srolleDFS said...

    i was hoping some republicans would stick up for dfs, but i only see chris christie, and i dont think he really counts.

    Don’t count on Huckabee or Carson.

  • chgojcs

    @aka_the_goat said...

    Are we still talking about DFS?

    I think this one may go deeper.

  • einars

    @Nookx said...

    in the end it will take a civil war to get our freedoms back.

    well that escalated quickly….

  • walterg55

    I have shed blood for those freedoms so I feel like I have a right to speak. A plague on all those who are career politicians hiding behind the guise of “Public Service” .

  • jregger

    @chgojcs said...

    I think this one may go deeper.

    That’s what she said.

  • tclii85

  • Pinhead6

    Dems/repubs are both horrible, people need to quit using the shittiness of one or the other to justify supporting the other and give up on both.

    Edit: whoops, pretty much said same as above

  • TuscaloosaJohnny

    I like this, but can we stick to facts to make the case and not hyperbole. Find me a slot machine that pays back 99 percent…and poker games are raked at 10 percent…

  • gencoimports

    @ActionJunkie said...

    If you don’t see how it’s the Liberals/Democrats at the heart of the political correctness plague and big government, then you aren’t paying attention. I actually read a story today about a principal threatening sexual harassment charges to a NINE YEAR OLD for a “love letter.”

    Sure, both sides are to blame for some of it but our freedom being ripped away is a platform for the democrats right now as they think it is “improving” our country. Just listen to the Democratic Presidential debate compared to the Republican… completely different mindsets.

    We should take whatever we get, but yes, libertarians are going to be the first to our side being you know they are the definition of free will.

    Dude, there are plenty of members of the GOP who are against gambling (and skill games which they would label as gambling) it’s not just the Dems. They are just as bad if not worse, they preach about small government, but they look to interfere with our freedoms every chance they get.

    the only GOP candidate for president I’m confidant is on our side is Paul. not convinced about Christie

  • MastodonsOfStrength

    @ActionJunkie said...

    If you don’t see how it’s the Liberals/Democrats at the heart of the political correctness plague and big government, then you aren’t paying attention. I actually read a story today about a principal threatening sexual harassment charges to a NINE YEAR OLD for a “love letter.”

    Sure, both sides are to blame for some of it but our freedom being ripped away is a platform for the democrats right now as they think it is “improving” our country. Just listen to the Democratic Presidential debate compared to the Republican… completely different mindsets.

    We should take whatever we get, but yes, libertarians are going to be the first to our side being you know they are the definition of free will.

    so the religious right approves of gambling?

    Im pretty sure the main reason gambling has a bad name in this country is because its looked down upon by Christians (and we are a Christian country).

    So please lets not make this a Left vs Right thing (as people love to do).
    Like others have pointed out…both sides are bogus.

  • EasyRawlins

    @MastodonsOfStrength said...

    so the religious right approves of gambling?

    Im pretty sure the main reason gambling has a bad name in this country is because its looked down upon by Christians (and we are a Christian country).

    So please lets not make this a Left vs Right thing (as people love to do).
    Like others have pointed out…both sides are bogus.

    We are not a Christian country. You calling the US a Christian country is the same as Ayatollah Khamenei or that dickhead who runs ISIS calling their lands Muslim countries.

  • pixelnite

    we definitely are a Christian country. or mostly.

  • osuryanf

    We can say it’s about the Christians looking down upon gambling, and we can say this or that or blah blah..

    End of the day it’s all about $$$.. Nothing else. The government/casinos/mobs want money in their pockets not in the hands of a private gambling website.

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