Trinidad & Tobago to Ban all Gambling, In Lieu of US Ban on Online Gaming

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Trinidad & Tobago to Ban all Gambling

The Prime Minister stated during his latest budget-proposal-speech that gaming activities have become 'great concern' for the country. ..

Countries like the great US and Germany.

All indications point to the fact that, unlike the United States,...

Trinidad & Tobago to Ban all Gambling

Back to the Caribbean twin island states and its disposition towards online gambling. ...

Trinidad & Tobago to Ban all Gambling, In Lieu of US Ban on Online Gaming

Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean twin-island state is set to place a ban on all online and physical gambling.

Having already successfully banned the casino slot machine right after their Prime Minister, Patrick Manning publicly stated that they promoted vices.

The Prime Minister stated during his latest budget-proposal-speech that gaming activities have become 'great concern' for the country.

Announcing that he would as well, put a stop to the Republic's national lottery, he publicly declared that slot machines and casinos have become illegal from then onward.

All indications point to the fact that, unlike the United States, the Prime Minister has no potential intentions of allowing nor supporting any physical gambling activities.

Not even the state lottery; an activity which many countries have found to be a source of billions worth of revenue every year.

A revenue from which funds have been drawn to support various monumental buildings and renovation of schools among other important federal/state expenses.

For some countries in fact, but for the sake of these state lotteries as revenue income, they wouldn’t have been able to afford to fund many of their state expenses.

Countries like the great US and Germany.

The US, as seen in 38 of her states, draws funds for educational expenses from the state lotteries. In fact, that's where you'll find the Best Betting Apps - Best Android, iPhone, iPad Betting Apps.

Germany, on the other hand, uses its million euro lotteries to fund her military expenditure.

Back to the Caribbean twin island states and its disposition towards online gambling.

Prime Minister Manning appears to still be holding back on a final date for the implementation of the proposed law.

The proposed law whose declaration left many folks in the country very surprised, came only one week after the US passed a certain legislation on online gambling.

The recently passed legislation prohibited US based gamblers from using all sorts of electronic transactions, checks, and credit cards for paying or playing online gaming/gambling establishments.

Making it illegal for US citizens to transfer funds to any online gambling site.

This, however, remains what it is, the final bill to ban online gaming/gambling entirely is yet to go through the president’s signature, and final approval.

It is still NOT illegal to gamble on land in the United States.

One can essentially deduce that the US government is in fact indirectly enforcing her citizens to lavish their hard-earned money on US land-based gambling activities.

As is seen in common examples of activities such as the lotteries, race track, and those infamous land casinos.

In accordance with the US Government Code Section 8880.5:

"The use of (state) lottery funds are limited to instructional purposes and states that...no funds shall be spent for...any other non-instructional purposes."

Presently, the government supported budget for the California State University is depicted by four "Program" Classes or categories viz: ACADEMIC SUPPORT, INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT, INSTRUCTION, and STUDENT SERVICES.

In essence, lottery-funded expenses can be classified as program categories constituted with INSTRUCTION, ACADEMIC SUPPORT, and in rare cases, INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT.

Owing to the fact that they represent expenses that are related to student laboratory and classroom instruction in addition to system-wide implementation.

An exception though, is the US’s state, Oregon.

The state voted to allow a broader category to receive their state’s lottery fund; allowing them to draw from the lottery revenue in funding natural resources in 1998, public education in 1995, and economic development, 1984.

As of 2001 up till about 2003, nearly $430 million; approximately 63% of their lottery revenue was going into public education alone.

The rest were taken to natural resources/parks, economic development, and programs for gambling treatment.

Again, this feat is exceptional to the US state of Oregon only, 38 US states still have state lotteries supporting only educational sector.

Surprising, Trinidad & Tobago’s Minister of Education, who doubles as the wife of Prime Minister; Mrs. Manning, has made no known effort to try and influence the Prime Minister’s decision.

Seeing as she is the Minister of Education, one would think and expect that she advocates for the state lottery funds to be directed to the country’s educational/institutional sector.

After all, the country has only recently established a new tertiary institution - University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT).

Neither has it been confirmed that the country’s state lottery fund is being used to support any public fund as is the case with most countries.

It is interesting to point out that countries regarding lottery funds as useful and meaningful revenue avail their citizens a democratic right to gamble, which in turn promotes and supports state public institutions.

Safe to say that what Mr. Manning publicly declared as ‘Vices’ is being turned to good.

Why lay waste to a system when it can be turned for good?

Gamers and gamblers are given the freedom to engage in these vices, thereby responsibly contributing to state revenue.

Further interesting, is the fact that in Trinidad & Tobago, the opposition party while delivering a supposed response speech to the Prime Minister’s, failed to comment on this particular topic.

Apparently, the Prime Minister is bent on enacting the law that would inadvertently make even the simplest form of home gambling illegal for the country’s citizens.

A feat, totally different from the US’s law of prohibiting only online/internet gambling.

Ironically, it can be deduced, that Mr. Manning did come forward with his declaration taking his cue from US’s totally different stand just one week ago.

The fact still remains that putting a ban on gambling totally isn’t the same as putting a ban on online gambling.

The US took this turn in a bid to ensure that all her money remains in her house as opposed to it going to numerous online gambling establishments in foreign countries- an admirable motive.

The recent online gambling ban has been questioned and criticized by many worldwide (including the Americans).

It is, in fact, being perceived as socialist and also non-democratic.

One can’t help but wonder what the Republicans would be asking of her citizens next; perhaps ban alcohol.

Mr. Manning did mention in the Budget speech, an intention to raise serious taxes on alcoholic products and smoking.

Not so surprising is the way in which all of this, kind of reminds you of Adolf Hitler and his vicious methods to encourage Germans into living healthy lifestyles with non-alcoholic consumptions and engaging heavily in sports.

As unintentional as it may be, the politics of some countries does seem to promote instead, more criminal activities rather than foster new opportunities; contribute to ever needed revenue and foster a fundamental freedom.