House panel OKs bill to ban Net gambling

I think the part I like most from this MSNBC article is the following quote:

“Virtual betting parlors have attempted to avoid the application of United States law by locating themselves offshore and out of our jurisdictional reach,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who wrote the bill. The offshore companies use Internet sites that are “unlicensed, untaxed and unregulated,” he said.

Duh! Yes, those crazy companies avoid application of US law by not locating themselves in jurisdictions where US law applies. That’s almost as crazy as people ignoring US drug laws by toking up in Amsterdam. The world’s gone crazy. Next thing you know people will ignore US indecency laws by going topless on French beaches. This needs to stop. US laws must be enforced everywhere!

There are so many juicy gems all in one quote though. According to Goodlatte if they were licensed, taxed, and regulated they would be okay? So, the best way to do that is to sponsor legislation to ban them. I mean, that strategy worked so well in the drug war, right?