How Will The Elections Affect Online Gambling - The Best Online Casino Guide Blog
The much anticipated November elections in the United States are now over and many people are wondering how the results will affect online casino gambling and the cause of legalization. The Republican Party and the Conservative Movement made significant gains and now control the U.S. House of Representatives. They have reduced the Democrat’s majority in the Senate to a level that will allow Republicans to filibuster any legislation they disagree over. The Republicans also made gains in the governorships of several more states and are now in a position to put the brakes on Obama’s ability to continue to impose his socialist, progressive, left wing agenda that the vast majority of citizens oppose. All in all, despite the excuse making by the Democrats, it was an overwhelming repudiation of Obama and his agenda.
How will this affect the movement to re-legalize online casino gambling? The answer is complicated but overall things do not bode well for legal online gambling in the near future. Although Barney Franks, one of online gambling’s biggest and most powerful Congressional supporters, managed to hold onto his seat as did Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, many who support online casino gambling are deeply worried about the gains made by the Republican party.
Harry Reid is an extremely savvy, long time U.S. Senator. He represents the state of Nevada, where land based casinos flourish. Reid has recently become a supporter of legal online poker. While he hasn’t made the move all the way towards full legalization of online casino gambling, it is a step in the right direction. Considering that Reid comes from a state where the land based casino industry has been so vocal in the past against internet gambling, Reid’s support of online poker is important. One must remember that these same casinos donated heavily to Reid’s campaign. It bodes well for online gambling if he is sincere in his support and wasn’t just looking to please everyone to get re-elected. We must also consider that some of the land based casinos in Nevada have relaxed their opposition to online gambling. Some, like Harrahs, have even opened online casinos in other countries. Reid has always made it known that he strongly considers the opinions of Nevada based businesses in his Senatorial policies. It seems that as Nevada’s casinos begin to change their opinion on internet gambling, Reid is willing to echo their change in position. How this will play out in the months ahead will be highly interesting and will certainly have a major effect on future Congressional actions on legal online gambling.
Despite having considerable political baggage for strongly supporting Fannie Mac and Freddie Mac and refusing to investigate or audit them during the total collapse of the U.S. housing market, Barney Franks was able to gain his 16th term as a United States Congress Person. Franks has been vocal in his support of legal online casino gambling and he is the author of a major bill in the House that would legalize, tax and regulate online gambling. Sadly, the bill has been dead in the water for months due to the death struggle over health care followed by the economic crisis and then the fall campaign season. Now that the elections are over, we are facing 2 months of a lame duck Congress. Frank’s bill is sure to be ignored as Obama attempts to force any legislation he can down the throats of the majority in opposition. Obama has already hinted that he will not compromise on his agenda despite overwhelming rejection by the voters and the lame duck session of congress will never be allowed to consider internet gambling. Once the Republican’s take control in January, 2011, the fight for power between them and Obama will likely continue to make Frank’s much needed bill a forgotten issue. As this is the strongest Federal Legislation to legalize online casino gambling, the future is looking gloomy in this arena.
To further compound the issue, we have the election of the very conservative Marco Rubio in Florida to the U.S. Senate. He was a major thorn in the side of pro gambling Floridians during the negotiations with the Seminole Tribe concerning land based casinos. Rubio has long held an anti-gambling viewpoint and has elicited statements of dismay from pro gambling advocates. “This was one of the worst possible outcomes for online gamblers in the US in this mid-term election,” said Gaming Analyst Brad Dawkins, “Rubio has shown that he is against gambling expansion, and if he took on the governor in Florida, he will certainly be prepared to take on pro-gambling legislators in the Senate.” Rubio is just one example of what will likely be many newly elected Republican’s who will bring similar attitudes to the House and Senate.
It is a given that the more conservative Republicans and Tea Party members will bring with them a philosophy that is heavily against legal online casino gambling. Instead of focusing on the truths of the issue, we are sure to be bombarded with more arguments that gambling is sinful and anti-family. They will continue to ignore the real issues. They won’t mention that legal online casino gambling will create jobs, raise billions in tax revenues, reduce crime, create a major new industry and that it will keep over 100 billion dollars a year from flowing out of the U.S. into foreign treasuries. They will continue to appeal to raw emotions and ignore the overwhelming benefits that legal, taxed and regulated online casino gambling can bring to the country. However, supporters of online gambling can not afford to give up or back off. We must continue to push forward on the issues and be sure to stress the valid points of our argument. We must avoid resorting to mindless emotional claims that have no bearing on the issues. Only by stressing the real benefits to our economy that come from legal online casino gambling, can we ever hope to see it legalized.