posted on Jul, 17 2006 @ 07:30 AM
First I'd like to dispense with the STD and exploitation arguments on prostitution.
STDs: You're not targeting the problem. The sex is causing the STDs, not the money. If you believe we need to legislate against people's right to be
stupid, the only honest way to do it is to stop hiding behind the bible and make it illegal to have sex with more than one person in your lifetime.
Targeting prostitution alone is dishonest. What you're doing is saying "the country would never go for what I REALLY think needs to be done because
they would consider it an infringement upon liberty, so for now I'm just going to isolate my efforts to a single aspect of the issue where the
majority of the people will take my side for religious reasons."
Ironically, the law does a tremendous disservice to the effort to prevent the STDs because there can be no system for routine screening of
prostitutes, nor for locating the infected prostitute after a John tests positive. Nor can there be any regulation to drive infected pros out of the
industry. If there's a clean brothel, it's gonna be a virtual certainty that the girls who work the street for less money and with less safety must
have been unable to get a health card, and that's gonna clamp down on infected pros. What's more, a tax on the industry could pay for the necessary
regulation. We're ALREADY paying the pricetag for prostitution's consequences, we're just not making the prostitutes and johns pick up the tab they
run up for us. Why lose money paying for the cure when we could MAKE money paying for prevention?
Exploitation: Where is a woman going to be exploited and abused more, on the corner or in a routinely inspected brothel? You can ruin a legit business
if the employees go to the state to show that they've been beaten, underpaid, blackmailed, given unsafe conditions, etc, and you can institute drug
screenings to weed out "crack whores" though frankly I'm not sure there is a legal basis for that.
Afterall, I was a crack-whore of sorts and everyone respected me for it. I worked unreasonable hours in a dangerous job with for an employer who
didn't respect me very much, and I never turned down a shift, because I had become accustomed to certain things that were bad for me such as video
games, eating somewhat regularly in a non-health-conscious manner at places like Outback, going to Key Club, Morongo a couple of times a month for a
concert and getting hammered there on Jack and Coke, etc. The difference is somewhat arbitrary unless you can quantitatively measure the strength of
the respective habits and the distate for the job. You'd argue that I wouldn't perform sexual acts for those things. I argue that a prostitute
wouldn't quarry rock 60-80 hours a week for drugs.
You're talking to a guy whose mom founded and ran a legit escort service (by legit I mean strictly dancing or social outings, no sex, and active
cooperation with local vice units to keep both her girls and the competition on the level). The company was completely staffed by women who'd either
left other places because they wouldn't be exploited, or who HAD worked outside the law before and gotten sick of it. Working within the law, at a
company that was subject to business laws, where they could go to the law with a problem and not be arrested or thrown out of court, they loved it.
They often said that they were exploiting their customers, despite popular opinion. (Incidentally, I was 13 at the time, which in a variety of ways
might account for me being so strange).
Next I'd like to address the corruption argument against gambling. It is true that debt can be an organizing principle of organized crime, and that
any trade where money changes hands easily represents a chance for bribery, money laundering, etc.
Gambling should be illegalized. I've changed my mind. I'm am so filled with zeal for my newfound beliefs that I would like to ask for you all to
support me in the fight to ban a few similar evils, all of which are at this very moment contributing to many of the evils in our government and
The following industries must be banned, or if they cannot be banned, be the subjects of billions of dollars worth of red tape and automatic thorough
federal investigation: Publishing, Real Estate, Banking, Credit, Movie Making, Music, Insurance of all kinds, public speaking, and certainly others
which I will realize later.
All of these industries pose one risk or another in common with gambling.
A politician can be bribed through a rigged casino win. He can also be bribed with a book deal and mass purchase of his book, with a movie deal (just
ask Scott Ritter), or in some cases, even a music deal for himself or a loved one.
A person can fall so heavily into debt that they must do things they would not normally do if they have a gambling debt. The same is true if they have
a property in danger of forclosure, or a credit debt.
Take my father for example. To make a long story short, he's got a lot of pull in our labor union. He could probably be the local VP if he wanted to
Some years ago he and my mother had their first million in equity spread between a few properties, but they still owed quite a bit on a few as well.
When real estate tanked, they got in trouble. There just wasn't enough credit or enough overtime or enough schemes to help them weather that storm
and come out ahead when property went back through the roof just over a decade later. Instead they ended up bankrupt after a couple of years.
What if my dad had taken a high place in the union and was holding it during those hard times? Do you suppose his bank would have an opportunity to
take advantage? See that the union backed a political candidate that would be good for the bank's business? All they'd have to do is let my dad
refinance one loan and give a bogus appraisal of the property value so that he could borrow against enough equity to save the others, then default on
Of course the bank wouldn't be the only one to take advantage of a prominent person who has fallen on hard times. Anyone with enough money can
arrange a bribe for you by getting you a ghost writer and a publisher.
Take Deion Sanders for example there. He put out what had to be the single worst record I have EVER listened to... EVER, and he just so happened to do
it in 1994- the year before he signed a 7 year, 35 Million Dollar contract with the Cowboys. Salary Cap circumvention? Probably.
So if we're going to stop corruption, let's stop corruption. Let's kill lucrative industries that can be exploited. Organized crime will go where
the money is, and the only way to protect America is to go broke. I for one will fiddle while this country burns down if doing so ensures that my
union will never take sides in an election that it doesn't care about for ideological reasons. Even moreso if it keeps Deion Sanders out of Dallas
I'm sorry, but bring on the vice. We're not stopping it, we're just refusing to take our cut of the profits.
Suppose a hitman for whatever reason offered you a large sum of money. Let's assume that you have an aversion to blood money. You've still got two
options: you can say no, or you can say yes, then offer the money as a bounty on the criminal's capture. Which makes more sense?