As I have said before, I support the Native American tribes of this continent on most things, however there are certain things, particularly involving the Internet, that I do not think anyone should be allowed to use the entitlement card to gain control. The point of view of some of the California tribes is that they are entitled to take control of the potential California online gambling market. Their reasoning is that they have already been granted control over video gambling and in theory online gaming is just another version of video gaming. While I see their point it is well known that this is not what was remotely in mind when the law was written. I feel there is a very big difference between server based gaming or mobile gaming and the video poker machines that the original law is referring to.
The United States government tried this very same thing under the Bush administration and I was against it then also. There was a push by some conservatives that opposed regulating online gambling that the Wire Act forbade the regulation of online gambling in the states because it forbids gambling over phone lines. The Wire Act was written way back in the 1960s, long before the Internet was even a twinkle in Al Gore’s eye. I do not think it makes sense when people try to twist old laws to apply to things that have precedent. I suppose I understand it though. In both cases it has been people trying to hold on to power.