If poker is the answer, what is the question?
They should have an Apprentice for politics … how fun would it be to watch The Engineer going up against one of those caged models from PETA, an NRA gun fanatic, a GLBT advocate, and maybe a Mason? They could compete in events such as fundraising, petitioning, street protests, cocktail-party schmoozing, direct lobbying, and YouTube … LOLZ, that’s kinda how it is these days as Washington DC tries to make the most of an American Idolized electorate in a social media assembly.
(Go Rich Muny! TID!)
It seems we are indeed making a strong showing for this month’s YouTube Town Hall question; there are actually two online poker questions — one about the Barton Bill (H.R. 2366: the Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2011) and the other about the Campbell Bill (H.R. 1174: the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act). However, I’m wondering if either would be selected for YouTube debate, because as far as I can tell, the poker questions are the only ones attached, by number, to specific bills. My guess is few Members would use their YouTube airtime to pimp a single bill that hasn’t even been heard yet in committee . They’re looking to address concepts that may or may not mean something to voters — like freedom and fiscal sensibility, or something grand-sounding like “comprehensive tax reform” — not specific legislation with amendments still being written and a name that won’t even fit on Twitter.
But still, whether or not the online poker questions make it to the next round you can be sure Members are at least taking note of what voters are <s>thinking</s> thumbing.
Poker and the Youtube Town Hall
PPA needs your help to place the issue of licensing and regulating online poker squarely in front of our members of Congress. Each month, citizens from around the country are asked to vote on a variety of questions submitted to the new YouTube Townhall meeting website. Each month, the question that receives the most votes will be answered by members of Congress – one in support and one opposed to the issue – in short YouTube videos.
We need poker to be the top question for this month.
Please take a moment and click here to go to the YouTube Townhall website and vote thumbs up for the submitted question:
With the downgrade of the US credit rating and bleak economic outlook, shouldn’t the federal government consider supporting new revenue sources “without raising taxes” as authorized by H.R. 2366, a bill to license and regulate online poker in the US?
You only have a short time to vote for this question, so please do so now and don’t forget to send this to all your poker buddies asking them to do the same.