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I'm not a big fan of single-issue politics. Often the narrow viewpoint allows us to lose focus on many big-picture issues. The world isn't so simple generally that how our elected official vote on one particular issue should be the deciding factor in which lever we pull.
However, Card Player Media is in a niche industry and we totally support those who favor our game. But even people who have no desire at all to play poker need to vote Democrat this year. The religious right is just too scary and does not represent the general feelings of our nation and freedom.

Whether they admit it or not, most people vote their pocketbooks. Unfortunately, history has shown that our pocketbooks are irrelevant when extremists of any ilk get control of jurisdictions and impose their views upon others.

That kind of imposition is just fundamentally un-American. Scary people like Frist, Kyl, and Leach are busy promoting their personal agendas. What ever happened to conservatives wanting the government to stay out of our personal lives?

And what is conservative about the Republicans converting the surplus they inherited into the biggest deficit ever, $8 trillion?

The U.S. is hated around the world. We're in a war that we have no clue how to get out of. And our leaders even debate what type of illegal torture is acceptable these days.

We must get rid of the Republicans and get back on track. Oh, by the way as far as Card Player is concerned, it's just because they are bad for poker.

 
 
 
 

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AceTJQK
over 14 years ago

while I agree big govt should leave internet gambling alone and Bush screwed us into a war and the religious right is scary
kerry jesse jackson & al gore & hilary scare me more
but you have a great magazine i'm just not sure you should use it as a one party political forum
Vote for the right reasons whichever way you lean..

 
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zippyflounder
over 14 years ago

I would like to point out that Washington, a very blue state was the first to make playing poker online a felony further both democrats and republicans voted for the original bill. To comment on the other aspects of your article would not be appropriate for this venue, and take an extensive amount of time with the need to analyze the situation from historical, economic and political perspectives.

 
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gldneagle
over 14 years ago

I am not going to vote democrat just because of poker. I love the game and have been playing for years, but democrats in office scare me even more.

 
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zeatrix
over 14 years ago

As a foreigner, it's hard to understand why, after comparing the 8 years with Clinton to the 6 years of Bush, how you can vote republican.

 
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lrousso
over 14 years ago

I'm surprised that Barry didn't mention that Barney Frank (D-MA) was one of the most outspoken critics of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

If the Dems gain the Senate (a bit of a longshot), Frank would become chair of the Finance Committee. There's a good chance he would try to reverse this legislation. That, of course, would be great news for internet poker players.

 
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CarpePM
over 14 years ago

I haven't seen any support of poker by Democrats, especially in my state. My senators and rep all voted for the ports bill that had the internet gaming language in it. So I will wait until I see some proof of support before I think about doing that. Washington state is an example of the opposite opinion.

 
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stremf1
over 14 years ago

Why is this needed in Cardplayer? This is the kind of junk that I only seem to see left-wing liberals pumping out. Even if I agree with it, Cardplayer isnt the forum to be pushing your political views.

 
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thasmodious
over 14 years ago

Barry is right. Anyone that doesn't see that we are losing our democracy, our freedom, our security, everything, to the extremist and fascist elements of our government just isn't paying attention. Poker is one small symptom; spying on american citizens, suspension of habeus corpus, ongoing voter fraud and intimidation, legalizing torture, secret prisons...what does it take for some of you to wake up? The Democrats aren't the answer, but they are the start. We have to get the fascist elements in our government out before we can worry about more mundane issues like your basic crooked politician, pork, PACs, and the like.

The Republicans abandoned their conservative values - like small government, fiscal responsibility, protection of liberty and privacy - in favor of an agenda of religious extremism, Big Energy, NeoCon war mongering and foreign interference.

 
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mypokerstash
over 14 years ago

we need to get big money out of our government...for the most part...the rpublican party looksa out for the well being of their buisnes endevours and those of their friends...no w im not saying every demcrat is squeaky clean but as party lines go they are better for social ideas....unless ur an investment banker....or like being spied on ...or are independantly wealthy....which most of us here reading card player.com arent. You need to vote a democratic ticket.....at least the majority of democrats...

alll the same....wether or not this is the forum for political debate....and which ever way you vote...please head to the polls this afternoon and vote....

thanks

Joe

And any NON - USA players check out this social club for poker players.... www.MyPokerStash.com

 
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mago
over 14 years ago

You want to stop all of this crap...voting Democrat will not be the answer. Big money...can you say John Kerry, Ted Kennedy...etc. all in it for the power. Don't be so duped into thinking that a Dem is so puritan in their beliefs of privacy and for the people et all. Jeez, are we so stupid? So you found out that there are Republicans who use their power to squash the little people. Conservatives and Liberals all wish the same thing on the general populace. more power for them. If you trully are wanting to take our freedoms back from the power hungry politko, then VOTE and I do men VOTE. Libertarian. You talk about scary, it is the Dems who wanted the UN to " monitor" our Democracy during election time. A corrupt organization like the UN overseeing us!!! and the Dems, because they have an agenda that is unAmerican as you can get, advocated the UN to do so. Since you brought the subject up, in a magazine that should not be used as a political forum such as this. One sided information, then I am going to bring up Abortion, Gay marriage, hate for all things Christian while backing Muslim extremist, backing Hugo Chavez and allowing him to have a forum on our soil. acting as if they care about the environment and then doing the exact opposite. Driving suburbans living in big mansions or maintaining multiple residences. Oh get off this high horse of yours and quit being a useful idiot Barry. the Dems love you as you are the greedy SOB that you portend the Republicans are. Enough said. Bye...and I am a subscriber.

 
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aloha10
over 14 years ago

People should stop listening to the 520 right wing talk show personalities across the country and do the research themselves.
Stop checking your brain in. Right On Barry!
By the way, your new book's great.

 
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ShooterJ
over 14 years ago

Thanks political expert Barry Shulman for using your POKER magazine as an outlet to spew your political beliefs. Fine, mention the online poker ban. But getting into other issues is rediculous. I come to cardplayer for issues regarding poker, not the war in Iraq.

 
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ChampSampson
over 14 years ago

You are posting this on THE DAY of election.

Just like any Democrat...you are too late for the party.

 
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Dave_Diakoff
over 14 years ago

A majority of Democrats also voted for the anti-gambling bill...how exactly would it help poker if they were in power?

 
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mago
over 14 years ago

and who should we listen to...some drugged out professor from Berkley?

 
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gityup
over 14 years ago

Why would Card Player allow one left wing extremist author to write such a purely partisan article on election day? Just as scary as the religious right is this sort of blind liberal media that now has tainted an otherwise respectable magazine. I'll have a very tough decision when it comes time to renew my subscription.

 
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gityup
over 14 years ago

Why would Card Player allow one left wing extremist author to write such a purely partisan article on election day? Just as scary as the religious right is this sort of blind liberal media that now has tainted an otherwise respectable magazine. I'll have a very tough decision when it comes time to renew my subscription.

 
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gityup
over 14 years ago

Regarding my previous post: Obviously, the author had little trouble getting this approved by the publisher.

 
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jram68
over 14 years ago

Why does Cardplayer.com allow this idiot to promote his political views in a poker article? I used to respect this site and frequent thier poker articles, but I've got a bad taste in my mouth from this and wont be back for a long time.

 
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ryanwhit
over 14 years ago

I would just like to say I will not purchase your magazine ever again, come to this site or promote anything involving you. I love poker and wish the government would stay out of our business, but to make such a radical comment like that on cardplayer.com is obsurd. There are many more important issues for our government to deal with besides poker. It is poor business to make such radical comments like this on your site. I am not only going to make sure you never recieve any of my business, but none of my family or friends either. This is a poker magazine not a political forum. And I guarantee your paycheck will be hurt by your unfounded ridicoulous comments. Thank you.

 
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jrumen
over 14 years ago

I agree with ryanwhit. I'm going to seriously consider giving my business to cardplayer ever again. I come to cardplayer for poker news and articles and it seems as though cardplayer is talking less and less about poker.

 
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dmesey
over 14 years ago

What is this a campaign speech? I am totally against what our government did with online poker. However, this is absolutely ridiculous to make such statements. I have no idea how this was ever posted. "We must get rid of the Republicans?" That is the most immature thing I have heard in a long time. Dont try and promote your democratic views on poker players. There are other issues at hand. Doesnt say much about your character to stoop so low as to urge poker players to vote democratic. This whole article is just very disrespectful no matter who you are. Lastly, I am not sure I will be reading your bias articles anymore.

 
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NoBlackAces
over 14 years ago

Barry Shulman is ABSOLUTELY right on... and for the fools that wonder how the "publisher ever allowed this" or how "Cardplayer condones this author's opinion" it's because HE IS the publisher. HE IS Cardplayer...

 
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stewman
over 14 years ago

Mr. Shulman,

I am writing to you in regard to your recently published article (link above) on your website Cardplayer.com. While I share in your angst and frustration with the recently passed legislation regarding on-line poker and the underhanded methods it was introduced for a vote, I am troubled by your article on Cardplayer.com. While this is your business and right to publish what you want on your magazine, I feel this is in poor taste. As you can see by the comments left by other readers, they share in the same sentiment as me. We go to your site to read about poker not about your views. I understand the theme of the article is about poker but it comes across poorly. Your loyal readers, subcription buyers, I'm sure your ad buyers and myself would appreciate what we have come accustomed to and that is true poker content.

In closing I just want to say I hope everyone able to vote today did. It truly is your duty, not just a right.

Sincerely,
Stewman

 
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TheOmaha8Kid
over 14 years ago

First off, I am a poor college student and do not subscribe but usually pick up a free copy whenever I go to my local card club. I do use the CardPlayer webpage daily to check out tips and quizzes. Coverage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) and other poker legalities has been alright--but not superb. Recently, I've written a paper on the UIGEA and used CardPlayer.com for a couple of sources. I know that many Democrats and Republicans voted for the Safe Port Act which is far more important than the UIGEA (there are ways around the UIGEA via e-wallets). The UIGEA was a "rider" bill attached to the Port Act like a ornament attached to a light bulb filled tree in late-December. Democrats and Republicans who wanted to pass the Port Act had no choice but to then also pass the UIGEA--they were not allowed to say "yah" to one and "nay" to the other. The UIGEA was attached by Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN). This, however, was not the first attempt to end Internet gambling. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) tried something to this back in 1999, calling it the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act. That bill was shot down in large part to the dear Jack Abramoff on the grounds that horseracing would be affected. Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) used his position in the House to help prevent the bill from becoming law. I hope that cleared up some of the 'he said-she said' of the voting history of both Democrats and Republicans on the recent UIGEA. Moving on, some of Mr. Shulman's political ideologies I agree with and some I do not--no--cannot agree with. I respect his freedom of speech that he chose to exercise (which many Americans do not) but must hesitate on the medium he used for his message. Will Mr. Shulman's publication career be hurt by this? Most definitely. Does this make him a bad writer or less knowledgeable about the game of poker? Most certainly not! I will continue to take advantage of my resources (like this website) but will be forced to nit-pick any article of his I read on the site. If he wanted to start a personal blog that talks about non-poker issues, more power to him. I just advise that if a blog of that nature is in Mr. Shulman's future, it not be located at CardPlayer.com.

 
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KenP
over 14 years ago

You've been spending too much time reading your own stuff. Try a little Ayn Rand.

ROFL

 
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bigone
over 14 years ago

Shulman should get his facts correct. When bush came into office, the debt was approx 5.7 trillion. there has never been a surplus for over 50 years. I think you mean a budget surplus which is a lot different than the overall debt. stick to poker and show your lack of knowledge in other areas.

 
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OldBookGuy
over 14 years ago

Perfectly stated (the far right and the ultra conservative agenda being promoted) and what I, a register member of Republican party feel as well.
What has happened to my party?
They left me. I am a conservative and no, Iraq (the right war - wrong reasons) and the deficit have no bearing on my feelings, just way too much interference by the far right in my party.
Perhaps a loss will bring my party back to the Regan philosophy that made the GOP a strong party and attracted me from the Democratic Party to begin with.
One can only hope.

 
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lucywavedog
over 14 years ago

Mr. Shulman,
You should stick to poker - - politics isn't your best game. You're not even a good "donkey" in the political arena.
I subscribe to read about poker - - not your simplistic view of poitics.

 
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Truthseeker
over 14 years ago

If I ran a magazine I'd try to be unbiased. I haven't just complained...I cancelled my subscription the worlds most biased magazine. Where nothing is wrong and everything is perfect. I now only log on to laugh at how pathetic your "reporting" is and how none of your writers know the first thing about accuracy or reporting skills.
As far as your little rant goes...I actually agree with you 100%. But I shouldn't know your politics.

 
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spaceno34
over 14 years ago

As an independent, I have to say I find these comments offensive. This is a poker mag not a political space. As for the arguments presented here -

Yes, I agree it was shameful sneaking the Online Gambling bill onto the Port Bill and it does bother me. It also bothers me that the liberal left (If you want to call someone the religious right on the one side) thinks they know better how to run your life than you do. They think you should pay more taxes because they know how to spend your money better. They have values of "anything goes" as they have shown time and again. So if it's a choice between the religious right who actually looks at for children, or the liberal left who lets rapist only get 30 days in jail. I'll go with the right. No, I'm not religious and I don't go to church but most of the religious people I know let you live your life instead of telling you how to live it.

"And what is conservative about the Republicans converting the surplus they inherited into the biggest deficit ever, $8 trillion?"
First, what surplus? It's all a numbers game. Second, they if you remember it was the dot.com era (Which Clinton had no effect on). Third, a recession started while Clinton's last year in office if you study the numbers. There are numerous more factors but obviously nothing will matter to you but a number. So you keep sticking your 8 trillion dollar out there.

"The U.S. is hated around the world." Yep. Hated by dictators. Hated by the corrupt UN. Hated by people that the US gives aid too (More privately and publicly than any other country). Hated by France - with their riots. Hated by Germany with their 20 % unemployment. Yes, hated. Hated because we take a stand.

"We're in a war that we have no clue how to get out of. " Yes we are. And it would be nice if the democrats actually had a plan to get out. They don't. It would actually be nice if people cared about the other people over there (we are giving them the option of freedom) instead of just worrying about themselves.

Your right, people vote with their pocketbooks so I will no-longer support Card Player since they allow you to post this trash. I will no longer visit the site or buy the mag. My friends and family will no longer either. I will also no longer support the Poker Alliance if their views follow yours. Yes, the online gambling bill is annoying but it is not the worst thing in the world.

 
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WurtzyTurdz
over 14 years ago

Everybody, quit freakin' bashing Barry Schulman. While the political statements in this article are somewhat skeweda and facts off a little, I doubt this is meant to be totally serious. This sounds more like a journal entry. A stream of consciousness. Give the guy a break for expressing his opinion, even if you may not agree with him. Besides this article is more entertaining than anyhing else. Nice life to those of you who took this WAY, WAY too seriously...

 
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slyther
over 14 years ago

Well now that the Dem's have the house and possibly the Senate they will have to put up or shut up.

I really don't think they will change anything in the online poker world,

but I'm personally looking forward to higher min wage since economics doesn't matter, increased taxes since spending should increase, and attempts to 'negotiate' with terrorists since we just don't understand them.

PS: I have no prob with 'Bear' expressing his opinion even tho I disagree...he's a magazine editor, that's what they're supposed to do! I sat as his table for a bit at 2005 WSOP ME.. he's a nice guy :)

 
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thasmodious
over 14 years ago

How could spending possibly increase? Have you even been paying attention. The last time we had Dems in charge, we had a balanced budget. Now, with Republicans in charge we have record spending (as in the highest it has been EVER) and a record deficit, along with bogus tax cuts. Who could possibly think that you can run a business by cutting income and increasing expenses? Only a failed businessman like DUHbya. And turn off the Limbaugh, numbnuts, the Dems don't love terrorism. It is simply clear that what we are doing now is only making us less safe (according to even Bush's own partisan intelligence report). Man up and quit being so scared of "terrorism". We were attacked once, on Bush's watch (while he completely continued warnings from Clinton and Richard Clarke). The terrorists when we, as a nation, give up our liberty in the name of "terror". That is exactly what Bush and his Congress has done. They are the enablers and co-conspirators, not the Democrats. Bush's actions have made us far less safe, stripped us of the very rights that make this country "the land of the Free", and has been the number one recruitment tool for a whole new generation of terrorists.

 
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jrstout
over 14 years ago

Just think of this guys. Last night in Virginia, you can do the math, but if 1.5 out of 1000 voted Democratic because of the Poker Ban, we may have shifted the balance of power in the US Senate. Never underestimate the power of your vote, regardless of the reason you cast it.

 
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idahoj
over 14 years ago

Just to let you know: Dems are not the only poker lovers out there. I am a very conservative person, so I am probably more republican than Democrat, however; some of the religious like to play poker as well. Bill Frist or no one else should try to tell people what they can do with their money and the attachment to a bill that needed to pass wasn't exactly christian like............everyones's not like that, but it certainly looks like all politicians are and I'm pretty disgusted with all of them.

 
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slyther
over 14 years ago

Easy on the name calling Steven... i put the tag on there so everyone would know I was attempting a joke..maybe I 'botched it' :) sorry I couldn't help myself ha!

While I wish it wasn't so, it will be interesting to see what the D's do now that they appear to have both houses...

 
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