Freakonomics Blog » What Do Al D’Amato and Steve Levitt Have in Common?

 Finally, maybe, just maybe we can make some progress on overturning this silly ban!

Where did the pressure for the ban come from? I assume some powerful combination of the casino industry, the gambling-is-immoral crowd, perhaps the state lotteries. Regardless, I am also surprised it has taken so long for a lobbyist of D’Amato’s stature to have been employed in a fight to overturn the ban. It is interesting to see how D’Amato invokes his own powerful combination of fear, economics, and even the high moral ground:

The money being spent to outlaw poker and enforce the ban, Mr. D’Amato said, could be better spent “in the battle against money laundering, trafficking in drugs, or trafficking in terrorism.”

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Comments

  1. If the mind-boggling ease with which this ban was passed is any measure, then I won’t be holding my breath.

    As for passing that law in the first place, isn’t it extremely sad that mentioning “preventing terrorism” in no matter WHAT kind of law, automaically guarantees it will pass.
    Fear is a powerful thing .. in this regard, if we allow this nonsense, the terrorists, again, will have won.