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Internet Gambling and the GOP

My in-box is stuffed with Corner readers who say they will not vote Republican ever again and that the GOP has brought disaster upon itself because of the decision to include an Internet gambling ban in the Homeland Security bill. I remain extremely skeptical, especially since my e-mailers inform me that “everybody” they know gambles on the Internet. This is known as the fallacy of Personal Extrapolation. I know a lot of Jews, so if I were to judge by my own experience, I might imagine Jews make up 50 percent of the population rather than 2 percent.  I expect a vast majority of Republican voters do not gamble on the Internet and are therefore indifferent about any limitations on it. After all, most of them live in states where they are not permitted to gamble and they don’t seem all that bothered by it.

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