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Barney Frank: online poker crackdown is a waste

After “Black Friday,” when the federal government unsealed an indictment against the founders of the three largest online poker rooms operating in the U.S. and seized their domains, it was only a matter of time before someone asked Barney Frank’s opinion. Congressman Frank has been the loudest voice for the repeal of UIGEA since its passage in 2006, so he’s not happy with the recent crackdown.

Speaking with The Hill, Frank said that the Obama administration is “wasting its time” and resources by going after online poker sites. Frank is an expert on that, because his entire tenure in the House of Representatives has been a waste of time and resources. Frank also indignantly added that the Justice Department should be focused on prosecuting those responsible for the mortgage crisis and financial downturn in the country, rather than on those offering online poker. “Go after the people responsible for empty houses, not full houses,” he joked.

Of course, going after those responsible for empty houses wouldn’t be tough for the Justice Department. They could start off in Congress, particularly with the man with that great sound bite. Along with former senator Chris Dodd, Frank was one of the people most responsible for the collapse of the housing market. Let’s not let a little detail like that get in the way, though, Mr. Frank.

Hypocrisy aside, Barney Frank is right that the government shouldn’t be wasting their time with online poker. There are certainly more important things for the Justice Department to do. “I’m not saying violate the law, but to give this priority in law enforcement over some other things is a terrible idea and I think the administration is wrong on this.”

Frank is yet again involved in a push to repeal UIGEA and replace it with federal regulation. This time, instead of proposing the bill, he has co-sponsored a bill proposed by Republican John Campbell. Many have wondered why the crackdown would happen now. Some optimistic people think it could be an effort to get rid of the dirty companies before regulating the market. Others aren’t so sure. To me, it all comes down to some unknown agenda. For Attorney General Eric Holder, everything is political, including who he does and does not decide to prosecute. I don’t know what the political angle for this is, but I’m sure there is one. Finding out how Holder and the administration benefits from this is the important thing.

Tags: Barney Frank, Black Friday, Department of Justice

Categories: Casino, Gambling News
  1. J Davis
    May 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Exactly how is Frank responsible for Wall Street sociopaths looting our economy? That Frank is somehow responsible is just a right wing myth. Most of the blame can be placed squarely at the feet of greedy bankers and irresponsible borrowers.

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