The Heartlander cites CEI`s Michelle Minton on the proposed ban of online poker and gambling:
Michelle Minton, a consumer policy fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, says the bill’s sponsors are curtailing economic freedoms.
Bootleggers and Baptists
“I think this is an example of the ‘bootleggers and Baptists’ coalition at work,” said Minton. [Politicians] can look like they are doing something for the public good while [they really are doing] a favor for politically connected donors. I think that’s worse than it just being the heavy hand of government … [They say they] are doing something for the good of the people when they are really hiding it, wrapping it up in all this other stuff[, such as] protection from terrorism and states’ rights.”