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Congress Should Worry About Its Own Business Not Baseball's
Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2008 | Mike Gallagher

Posted on 02/15/2008 11:03:57 AM PST by Kaslin

The headline in my morning paper was the height of mediocrity: “A Standoff Over Steroids.”

Edward R. Murrow would be proud.

Watching Congressman Henry Waxman interrogate baseball’s Roger Clemens this week was maddening. In the middle of a war, while the right to intercept electronic messages by our terrorist enemies is being thwarted by anti-war Democrats, as the economy lumbers down some shaky railroad tracks, and illegal immigrants continue to stream across the border siphoning social services from our local communities, a bunch of grandstanding Congressmen have decided to grind Washington, D.C. to a halt and decide if some pampered, spoiled millionaire baseball player is telling the truth when he denies having Human Growth Hormone injected into his butt.

In the grand scheme of life, I wonder how many taxpayers are on the edge of their seats wondering if some trainer named Brian McNamee is being truthful when he testified that Clemens is lying about his use of steroids and HGH.

It ranks right up there with concern about what Brittney Spears is going to do next in her train wreck of a life.

I’d like to believe that most of us have full enough lives that the personal habits of baseball players or pop divas don’t even register as a blip on our collective radar.

It’s one thing to see paparazzi (what a stupid word) stalk Hollywood celebrities like a bunch of crazed vultures and realize what a ridiculous environment could lead to such a debacle in la-la land.

It’s quite another to recognize that our tax dollars have funded this baseball/steroid three ring circus, a giant waste of government resources if there ever was one.

It’s important to make comparisons between the Brittney Spears and the Roger Clemens of the world because they are both in the exact same type of business: entertainment. Nothing more, nothing less.

Too many folks take the baseball steroid controversy seriously because they love their baseball. To them, it’s all about the records, the World Series, celebrating the great American pastime and all.

But baseball players play the game for one reason: our entertainment. They are our movie stars, our pop singers, our recording artists. We expect them to hit the ball, throw the ball, run the bases, and win games.

What grown men inject into their bodies in order to achieve our expectations of them should not only be of no significance to us, it sure as heck is no business of the U.S. Congress.

You want to have Congress hold hearings on baseball players using “performance enhancing drugs?” Okay, let’s keep going down this path. I’m waiting for Congress to drag The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards before some pompous committee so he can testify as to whether or not he ever used performance enhancing drugs prior to one of the 50 thousand concerts he’s performed over the last 60 years or so.

Incidentally, the smart money says he has.

I’d like to see Amy “Rehab” Winehouse, the current toast of the recording industry, explain to Congressman Waxman how many drugs it has taken her to jump up on a stage and sing her songs.

The entertainment industry is full of alcoholics and drug addicts who often flaunt their habits in front of a jaded public.

If you want to fret about baseball players as role models encouraging kids to take steroids, worry more about the recording artists our children are emulating who would dismiss HGH as child’s play.

Cocaine, Ecstasy, heroin, angel dust – these are drugs a heck of a lot worse than steroids, with young people drawn to these killer drugs in far greater numbers than steroids.

Congressmen don’t really care about protecting young people from turning to steroids. We could hold congressional hearings on an hourly basis to try and detect how many people are cheating on their taxes, or which TV star is doing drugs, or whether or not our next door neighbor kicks his dog.

No, politicians love to pander. They enjoy showboating in front of the TV cameras; they like to pretend to be concerned about an issue like steroids in baseball that isn’t really any of their business.

If Major League Baseball feels it has a problem with players taking steroids, let Major League Baseball handle it.

At least there wouldn’t be any taxpayer money involved.


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1 posted on 02/15/2008 11:04:00 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Again, the MLB invited the federal government to regulate it in exchange for the right to be exempt from federal antitrust statutes.

Gallagher should have read a little history before he wrote this half-baked column.

2 posted on 02/15/2008 11:06:50 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: Kaslin

Lots of people got to witness what a PATHETIC JOKE that Waxman and Congress really is!!! LOTS of PEOPLE CRINGED!


3 posted on 02/15/2008 11:08:59 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Kaslin
Article MCXXLIIV of the DC version of the Constitution:

Congress shall oversee Major League Baseball and hold regular hearings to ascertain the extent of drug usage therein.

4 posted on 02/15/2008 11:11:30 AM PST by TChris ("if somebody agrees with me 70% of the time, rather than 100%, that doesn’t make him my enemy." -RR)
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To: wideawake

While I don’t agree with the writer that the feds have no role in the baseball/steroids issue, I do agree with his basic premise. That is that congress is BS’ing around with this, and with NFL’s “spygate.” Frankly I think all the who is lying to who cr@p is about as mature as a junior high school game of “does she like me or does she like me like me.” They are not doing anything really substantive. Of course, I’m not sure I want them trying to do something substantive, because they always screw it up.


5 posted on 02/15/2008 11:16:21 AM PST by henkster (Go to the local welfare office or BMV to see what government health care will be like.)
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To: Kaslin

Selig and Fehr are incompetent to do their jobs and keep Performance Enhancing drugs out of the sport. Theyve had plenty of time and warning and disaster to get it done. This has been going on for years. As a fan, I dont care about the past , but I want the crap swept out. I want them to test for everything, including blood testing. Clean it up or cite them for anti-trust violations and open baseball up to real competition. Or let the govt enforce the need self regulations.. Im just sick of these feckless idiots.


6 posted on 02/15/2008 11:21:07 AM PST by Nonstatist
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To: wideawake
Again, the MLB invited the federal government to regulate it in exchange for the right to be exempt from federal antitrust statutes.

So do you approve or disapprove of congress' role as a protection racket operator? "We'll pass ridiculous laws, and stretch their interpretation to extremes, so as to interfere with your right to do business. We'll pretend that different baseball clubs are competing companies instead of the branch offices of the same company they so obviously are. But just because we're so nice, we'll exempt you from those laws in exchange for the ability to control your operation."

7 posted on 02/15/2008 11:23:08 AM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Minn

The MLB invited the Feds in. Blame their stupidity.


8 posted on 02/15/2008 11:27:56 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: Kaslin

Any sports commissioner that is called before Congress should refuse. When pressured by Congress, the commissioner should threaten to dissolve the league to avoid any potential problems. I doubt any politician would want to be linked to destroying the NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB.


9 posted on 02/15/2008 11:31:00 AM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: wideawake

Just like the restaurant owner “invited in” the mob owned linen company.


10 posted on 02/15/2008 11:33:41 AM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: wideawake
The MLB invited the Feds in. Blame their stupidity

The problem is the fed was all too happy to accommodate. The gov't will happily creep into every single aspect of every american life if they can. The fact that some dumb asses are willing to have that is not the real problem. The fact that they do it and we are paying these clowns as well is the problem.

11 posted on 02/15/2008 11:34:28 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Minn
Just like the restaurant owner “invited in” the mob owned linen company.

The Constitution does not guarantee the mob jurisdiction over interstate commerce. But it does the Congress.

12 posted on 02/15/2008 11:42:31 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: wideawake

I think congress should investigate itself.. and see how many of the “over the hill” gang, use the performance enhancing drug....Viagra, starting with ole Ted Kennedy..


13 posted on 02/15/2008 11:51:16 AM PST by JoanneSD (illegals represented without taxation.. Americans taxed without representation)
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To: wideawake

I agree.


14 posted on 02/15/2008 11:57:43 AM PST by fightinJAG (Rush was right when he used to say: "You NEVER win by losing.")
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To: ConservaTexan

They can’t refuse. Both the NFL and MLB took anti-trust exemptions in exchange for government oversight.


15 posted on 02/15/2008 12:01:37 PM PST by fightinJAG (Rush was right when he used to say: "You NEVER win by losing.")
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To: wideawake

Thank you.


16 posted on 02/15/2008 12:02:14 PM PST by fightinJAG (Rush was right when he used to say: "You NEVER win by losing.")
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To: Kaslin
When all is said and done, in the publics mind, the overall scoreboard still reads :

Washington: Get rid of the bums!
Baseball: Take me out to the old ball game!


17 posted on 02/15/2008 12:02:17 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: wideawake

I think Waxman will go and ask for Federal leadership over baseball...dumping Bud completely. It won’t surprise me if Bush is forced into a corner and has to name a guy to run baseball by Federal rules for a 3-year period. My candidate? I’d like to see that Hurricane Katrina 4-star Army general (who recently retired) to be named as the guy. I’d like to see someone yank both the owners and the players a bit....and tell the union to get its act together.


18 posted on 02/15/2008 12:12:25 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: fightinJAG
They can’t refuse. Both the NFL and MLB took anti-trust exemptions in exchange for government oversight.

That is the battle the I am saying the leagues should pick. Dare Congress to pull the exemptions and shut down the leagues. NO politician wanting to be reelected is going to have his/her name associated with breaking up the NFL or MLB. Congress won't do it-the only power that Congress has is the power that the leagues give them.

19 posted on 02/15/2008 12:15:51 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: pepsionice
Originally there was supposed to be a Baseball Commission, not a Commissioner.

But Landis insisted on being a one-man band.

20 posted on 02/15/2008 12:19:52 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: Kaslin

At least when they are wasting time on this, they aren’t doing any other damage to this country.


21 posted on 02/15/2008 12:20:25 PM PST by mknj (Western Civilization is worth defending)
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To: Kaslin

I am not sure why we pay these people to represent us. The congress seems to be nothing more than an extended welfare system. Or perhaps an extended intern delivery system.


22 posted on 02/15/2008 12:39:14 PM PST by TexanToTheCore (If it ain't Rugby or Bullriding, it's for girls.........................................)
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To: TexanToTheCore

I want my money back!

I can’t believe these idiots! We got bigger problems to solve in this Country. Personally, I could care less what enhancement drugs these guys took. If Congress thinks this is “teaching” highschoolers a lesson, give me a break.


23 posted on 02/15/2008 1:05:15 PM PST by not2worry ( What goes around comes around!)
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24 posted on 02/15/2008 4:38:06 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: traviskicks

This is your government on steroids.


25 posted on 02/15/2008 8:27:33 PM PST by secretagent (When cooking frogs - don't bring to a boil too rapidly.)
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To: Kaslin

He is 1,000% correct and right on the money. It is NOT the business of government. Not one bit!


26 posted on 02/15/2008 8:38:08 PM PST by dcwusmc (We need to make government so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub.)
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To: Kaslin

MLB is dreaming if it thinks it can ask for government favors and not invite government oversight.
That is the way of the world.


27 posted on 02/15/2008 8:41:12 PM PST by mountainbunny
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To: wideawake

But the Constitution does NOT authorize this sort of regulation. Read the Federalist papers. ALL that was intended was to ensure a level field when it came to STATE regulation of out-of-state businesses, such as establishing tariffs on goods sold from out of state or even just passing through, say, coming from Pennsylvania through New York and going to Vermont. New York MAY NOT place a tariff on such a transaction. THAT IS ALL the authority the federal government was granted by the ICC. The contemporaneous papers and writings of the Founders attest to this in no uncertain terms. But YOU are just thrilled to death that fedgov is working overtime to regulate every aspect of our lives, using the ICC or the “general welfare” clauses as the mechanism. (FYI, providing for the general welfare is a GOAL, not a grant of authority.)


28 posted on 02/15/2008 8:48:09 PM PST by dcwusmc (We need to make government so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub.)
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To: dcwusmc
THAT IS ALL the authority the federal government was granted by the ICC.

Perhaps you shouldn't go around telling other people to read The Federalist. It makes you look like a hypocrite.

But YOU are just thrilled to death that fedgov is working overtime to regulate every aspect of our lives

You're clearly not interested in a substantive discussion. You are apparently under the impression that you have a divine dispensation to read men's hearts.

29 posted on 02/16/2008 7:15:03 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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