Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: Congress v. Steroids II: Pomp in the Swamp

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Congress v. Steroids II: Pomp in the Swamp

For the second time in months, the white knight of American governance has challenged the "bad boy" of professional sports: steroids. Yes, in a move that truly shows our government is devoted to the major issues facing Americans today, the House Government Reform Committee is once again spending its time admonishing professional sports leagues – clearly one of the greatest threats to our nation.
"Steroids and other illegal drugs have tarnished baseball for a generation of fans," said Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas.
Am I insane!? Is this the most ridiculous quote ever!? Yes, it's sad that Barry Bonds' and Mark McGuire's record-breaking home run feats will forever be tainted by steroid allegations, but is this honestly a critical issue we need to address right now? "Baseball isn't as good as it used to be, because of steroids. Let's investigate it." What shit.
"What kind of message are we sending our kids when professional sports leagues look the other way?" asked Rep. Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican. "A new national standard modeled after the Olympic policy will remove all doubt on whether athletes are cheating and restore the faith and confidence of the American people."
How about we restore faith and confidence in the American people by GOVERNING, For God's sake, the Majority Leader in the House sending the message to kids that lobbyists will take care of you and your family if you do whatever they want. A raving, threat-making maniac may soon become America's chief diplomat to the UN. Our President is flying all over the country on the tax-payers' dime to promote a plan that almost no one wants. And of course, gas prices show no sign of descending so to further our addiction, we drill in Alaska and whisper sweet nothings to the Saudi royal family at Camp David. Talk about tarnishing stuff for generations.

Reuters: Anti-Steroid Rules Proposed for U.S. Pro Sports