Far be it from me to defend Bill Bennett, but his stance on gambling seems eminently reasonable. In 1995 he told The Las Vegas Review-Journal, "I've played poker all my life, and I shouldn't be on my high horse about it." According to an article in Saturday's New York Times,
he has said in the past that he does not consider gambling a moral issue. When his interviewers reminded him of studies that link heavy gambling with a variety of societal and family ills, Mr. Bennett said he did not have a problem himself and likened gambling to drinking alcohol.
"I view it as drinking," he said. "If you can't handle it, don't do it."
The real question is why Bennett does not take a similar view of, say, pot smoking.