CNBC is a business channel and although the questioning was clearly biased towards the progressive socialist democrats, there was a telling moment that has been highlighted over-and-over as a demonstration of Jeb Bush’s weakness. But that wasn’t the whole story and the CNBC moderators missed the biggest point of the Chris Christie retort …

CNBC Republican Debate in Boulder -- Oct. 28, 2015

QUINTANILLA: Governor Bush, daily fantasy sports has become a phenomenon in this country, will award billions of dollars in prize money this year. But to play you have to assess your odds, put money at risk, wait for an outcome that’s out of your control. Isn’t that the definition of gambling, and should the Federal Government treat it as such?

BUSH: Well, first of all, I’m 7 and 0 in my fantasy league.

QUINTANILLA: I had a feeling you were going to brag about that.

BUSH: Gronkowski is still going strong. I have Ryan Tannehill, Marco, as my quarterback, he was 18 for 19 last week. So I’m doing great. But we’re not gambling.

And I think this has become something that needs to be looked at in terms of regulation. Effectively it is day trading without any regulation at all. And when you have insider information, which apparently has been the case, where people use that information and use big data to try to take advantage of it, there has to be some regulation.

If they can’t regulate themselves, then the NFL needs to look at just, you know, moving away from them a little bit. And there should be some regulation. I have no clue whether the federal government is the proper place, my instinct is to say, hell no, just about everything about the federal government.


CHRISTIE: Carl, are we really talking about getting government involved in fantasy football?

Source: Debate Transcript

Bottom line …

Two of the leading billionaires financing the GOP’s conservative push, Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and Steve Wynn, the owner/operator of major hotels and casinos, as well as two of the GOP candidates, Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey (Atlantic City Hotels and Casinos) and billionaire businessman Donald Trump are deeply concerned with bringing all gaming enterprises under government control lest established casinos lose significant gaming revenue and the government lose tax revenues. And, then there was Jeb Bush as the politician benefiting from special interest attention.

Thus the question was legitimate and could have been used to pivot to questions of special interest influence on politicians. In fact, not one of the CNBC moderators mentioned the government’s confiscation of private property to give to private individuals to develop and profit. Leading to a discussion of a core conservative principle: the sanctity of private property. How many people knew that Donald Trump was engaged in such a maneuver to develop a casino in Connecticut – stopped by the machinations of Steve Wynn. Or Trump’s attempt to get Jeb Bush to legalize casino gambling in Florida.

Substantive issues totally overlooked in order to produce a circus of clowns.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

Reference links …

Donald Trump outright denied Jeb Bush's charge Wednesday night that the billionaire businessman-turned-presidential candidate gave Bush money as he sought casino gambling in Florida nearly two decades ago.

But while public financial records don't appear to show a direct contribution to Bush's campaign -- Trump's denial leaves out a lot of details that back up Bush's claim that the real estate magnate attempted to gain a foothold in the push to bring casinos to Florida.

Indeed, the real estate magnate hosted a pricey fundraiser in 1997 for then-gubernatorial candidate Bush -- and his company contributed a bundle to the state GOP -- all while Trump, according to local reports, was teaming up with the Seminole tribe to push for casino gambling in the Sunshine State.

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