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CEI - Banks, Credit Companies Get Brief Reprieve From Crushing Federal Regulation of Internet Gambling

Taxpayers Face $20 Million Cost to Enforce Bad Law


Washington, D.C., December 1, 2009—Today, banks and other credit processing companies were given a temporary reprieve from an onerous federal regulation on Internet gambling.  Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in 2006, but the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Board intervened on last week, just days before the law was to go into effect, postponing enforcement until mid-2010.

 “Treasury recognizes that the law is vague, will do little to stop Internet gambling, and will be financially burdensome at a time when credit processing companies are teetering on the edge of bankruptcy,” said Michelle Minton, a CEI Policy Analyst.  “And the cost to taxpayers of simply gathering and processing the information required by UIGEA is somewhere around $20 million.”

Several lawmakers have introduced bills to permanently overturn UIGEA, including Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA.) and Jim McDermott (D-WA).

 “Internet gambling in the United States is going to continue, with or without a regime, and regardless of any attempt to ban the activity,” said Minton. “While the best way to regulate Internet gaming, if it should be regulated at all, will continue to hotly debated by members of Congress, the first step should be to recognize that UIGEA is simply a bad law and a strain on financial institutions and should be overturned permanently.”

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NetRight Daily: Today's Top News on NRN 

The Tangled Web of Climate-Gate:  As the Climategate scandal continues to unfold, serious questions have arisen as to whether it will ever be possible to confirm how broadly the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) manipulated data upon which the "man-made" global warming "consensus" is based.

Voinovich Places Hold on DHS Appointee:  Senator George Voinovich (D-OH) has placed a hold on Mr. Rafael Borras, the nominee for the Undersecretary of Management at the Depart of Homeland Security. In his letter, Mr. Voinovich cites gross mismanagement inside of DHS as the main reason for Mr. Borras to be disqualified from the appointment. Voinovich wrote that Borras "does not meet the qualification or have the experience necessary to meet those challenges", that would be needed to clean up the department.

Appointment Watch:  This week's Obama Appointment Watch looks at James Wynn and Clifford Stanley.

Exceptionally Unexceptional:  At the NATO summit back in April, President Obama was asked if he subscribed to the "school of American exceptionalism that sees America as uniquely qualified to lead the world."

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Daily Grind: The Tangled Web of Climategate 

The Tangled Web of Climategate
Data held by the world's preeminent proponent of "man-made" global warming may have been destroyed, manipulated, and suppressed—and that's just the beginning!

The Only Thing Worse than Your Constituents Pink Slip Is Your Own!
Why limit the ability of successful investors to grow the economy by confiscating the capital needed to do so?

Appointment Watch from ALG Research
This week's appointments include a judge to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

Too Hot Not To Note: Tap brakes on second stimulus
The Denver Post Editorial Board believes that before President Obama and Congress approve more spending to create jobs, they need to produce a plan to reduce the debt.



ALG Urges Members of Senate to Return Home, Listen to Constituents Before Voting on "Public Option" 

"The U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation,

and more than 280 million Americans already have access to

health care.  There is no health care 'crisis,' and therefore no

urgency to act on this legislation before the end of the year." – ALG President Bill Wilson

December 1st, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today urged members of the U.S. Senate to return to their home states and "listen to their constituents over the holiday recess before voting on whether to move the $2 trillion 'public option' off the floor."

"Members of the Senate should hold things up until after the holidays," said Wilson, adding, "because the Majority obviously has not yet gotten enough of an earful of public outrage over the loss of trillions of dollars, rationing of health care away from seniors, raising the cost of premiums, driving the American people off of private health options, and bankrupting the Treasury."

In the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, 53 percent of voters surveyed say they oppose the plan.  Only 41 percent support it.

"Based on poll after poll conducted, the American people have very strong reservations about this legislation.  In its current form, they do not support it.  Under the circumstances, it is perfectly legitimate for Senators to slow things down and gauge whether the public really supports nationalizing the U.S. health system—the best in the world," Wilson explained. 

"The U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation, and more than 280 million Americans already have access to health care.  There is no health care 'crisis,' and therefore no urgency to act on this legislation before the end of the year," Wilson added.

As of 2006, the Census Bureau estimates that some 201.7 million, or 71.5 percent of Americans with health insurance, get their insurance privately. 28.5 percent of those with insurance, or 80.3 million, get it from the government.  All together, the U.S. spent $2.4 trillion in total health care spending in 2007.

"Making matters worse, the so-called 'public option' proposed will do nothing to contain the growing health costs, and instead will put upward pressure on the price of insurance premiums," said Wilson, citing a recent Congressional Budget Office study.

According to the study, "Average premiums per policy in the non-group market would in 2016 would be roughly $5,800 for single policies and $15,200 for family policies under the proposal, compared with roughly $5,500 for single policies and $13,100 for family policies under current law."

The Senate version of the "public option" will start operating at massive budget-busting deficits starting in 2015, according to an Americans for Limited Government analysis of Congressional Budget Office data.  By 2019, the "public option" will have spent some $361 billion more than it took in via new taxes. 

"There really is no harm in waiting," Wilson said, concluding, "More than anything, the American people do not understand the bum's rush to pass this abomination in accordance with a political timetable.  They want Senators to listen to them, not to their party leadership."



CHQ - Pollster Says ‘Throw the Bums Out’ Sentiment Brewing for 2010 

Pollster Says 'Throw the Bums Out' Sentiment Brewing for 2010 - "Pollster Gregg Durham said the data [from Illinois] tells him a 'throw the bums out' mentality is emerging for 2010. 'This is happening in the rest of the country,' Durham said. 'It's a little stronger in Illinois...this dissatisfaction with politicians with one governor in prison and the last one impeached and in legal trouble. The meter is being pegged in this state.'"  Read This Story at News From the Front

Other Articles at News From The Front:

The Internet is All Over Climategate While the MSM Sleeps
WebProNews - "The mainstream media has its head in the sand again while one of the largest conspiracies the world has ever seen is exposed via Internet media. As most readers have heard by now, years of emails and programming code have been uncovered from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, which is run by the scientists whose research is the basis for the world's belief in man-caused global warming. Their science is also the backbone for a massive global tax proposal on industry which the Obama administration is pushing in Congress right now."
John Tamny: Unconstitutional Spending - "At present, the vision of the founders has been turned on its head. Rather than being able to choose the government of their liking on a state-by-state or city-by-city basis, Americans are captives of a federal government that has blatantly ignored the Constitution on the way to ascribing itself myriad powers and a taxing authority meant to pay for activities that, at best, should be left to cities and states."

Find these articles and more at News From The Front

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