Title: Does the American government see it s citizens as its children? Word Count: 579 Summary: The founding fathers had an idea fo r a country and a way to govern the people, by the people and for the people, but does this mean that the government has the right to tell u s we can not do something because i t is bad for us. Keywords: gambling,casino,government,poker,bl ackjack,taxes,prohibition, alcohol, internet gambling Article Body: In Americas 230 year history the go vernment seems to have forgotten th at there job is to run the governme nt as the people see as best and no t the government telling the people what is best for them. The most recent example is the Inte rnet gambling Ban signed into law l ast week by President Bush. The bil l makes it illegal for banks and cr edit card companies to transfer mon ey to casinos for the purpose of wa gering on sports or games of chance , like roulette, blackjack and poker. These games are harmlessly enjoyed regularly by millions of Americans everyday, but some people become ad dicted to these games so the govern ment is telling all of its citizens that no one is allowed to play the se games in an online casino. This is not the first case of the g overnment going against the wishes of the people, in the early 1900_s the government decided that the con sumption of Alcohol should be banne d, because some people were develop ing health and mental problems rela ted to drinking too much. So rather then educating the people on the i ll effects of prolonged Alcohol abu se the American government banned A lcohol. But instead of reducing the consump tion of Alcoholic beverages it incr eased, and because the government w as not allowing the production or i mporting of Alcohol, organized grim e got into the moonshine business, and eventually the Government saw t he error of their decision and repe aled the law. Another great example of a failed p olicy to protect the people is the war on drugs that the government ha s been aging since the early 1980_s Billions of tax dollars a year goe s into the war on drugs, but what a re the results? The price of drugs has risen, and t o support their habits many drug ad dicts have had to commit acts of ro bbery and murder to get their drugs. The American prisons are packed ful l of people whose only crime was po ssession of these illegal drugs. Instead of being an industry that i s regulated and controlled you have people selling these drugs to kids in school playgrounds, and shootin g each other to protect their terri tory. Had the government decided not to c riminalize drugs but make it a heav ily controlled industry, they could use the tax money for social progr ams like schools ad to give America ns universal health care. Please do not misunderstand me I am not in favor for legalizing hard d rugs, but the current system is not working at all, but I am all in fa vor for legalizing online casino ga mbling. If I choose to play some hands of b lackjack or poker from the comfort of my home what rights does the gov ernment have to tell me not to, and what sense does it make that I can not play in a casino over the inte rnet, but I can drive down the stre et to the local casino and play the re. To enforce this ban millions if not billions of dollars of software an d computer hardware will be needed to monitor all of the banks transac tions and that money will come from taxes instead of the government ta xing online casinos or even having all the online casinos government c ontrolled then they get all the pro fits to be used to improve the live s of the American citizens, million s of which are bellow the poverty l ine if not homeless. The American government needs to st art re-thinking its policy of treat ing its citizens like small childre n, or the American people need to d emand a new government.