Barney Frank, raging libertarian for a day

Apparently it's already been posted on several blogs, but let's keep the momentum going because it's too good not to post. In a House discussion about the online gambling bill, Rep. Barney Frank said this:

If an adult in this country, with his or her own money, wants to engage in an activity that harms no one, how dare we prohibit it because it doesn't add to the GDP or it has no macroeconomic benefit. Are we all to take home calculators and, until we have satisfied the gentleman from Iowa that we are being socially useful, we abstain from recreational activities that we choose?... People have said, What is the value of gambling? Here is the value. Some human beings enjoy doing it. Shouldn't that be our principle? If individuals like doing something and they harm no one, we will allow them to do it, even if other people disapprove of what they do.

Conservatives are destroying the world and making me nuts in the process.

Via Hit and Run

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