What Else Is In Scott's Head?

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

The Nation's Most Pressing Issue

The threat of terrorism. The illegal drug trade. Fixing Social Security. These and other domestic issues are matters of importance. Time and money have to be spent to combat these problems. In a time of budget deficits, it would seem that issues need to be prioritized in order to carefully plan out the resources needed to address not only domestic issues, but foreign issues as well.

The House Government Reform Committee met today for hearing of the most important domestic issue facing this country: the use of steroids in Major League baseball.

Yes, apparently all domestic issues have been resolved, so we now have time to launch an investigation into the use of steroids in baseball.

Of course we need a Congressional investigation, what with the steroid abuse widespread to perhaps dozens of baseball players.

I know, you're thinking this is some goofy Democratic committee wasting time and money on the non-issue of steroid abuse. But no, the House Government Reform Committee is actually headed by a Republican, Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia.

Davis began the hearings with this statement:

"I would hope that baseball would see this hearing as an opportunity to talk about the step it's taking to get a handle on the situation...we're not interested in embarrassing anyone, or ruining career or grandstanding. This is not a witch-hunt, and I am not looking to have witnesses 'name names.'"

Republican Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, a member of the baseball hall of fame, told lawmakers that the best course of action in curbing the huge, deadly issue of steroid abuse by...government intervention.


And to think I've always thought that Republicans favored minimal government interference when it comes to business and industry. You know, like having "voluntary" guidelines for corporations to follow as far as polluting the environment goes.

Here's more from Sen. Bunning:

"If baseball fails to fix this scandal, there are a lot of things we can do to get their attention, by amending labor laws, repealing the outdated antitrust exemption that baseball alone enjoys, and shining the spotlight of public scrutiny...there's no doubt that Congress has a direct and important interest in what happens in baseball."

Uh...yeah, right, baseball. Needs Congressional oversight. Yes, let's allocate resources to that important issue.

Coming up next for the House Government Reform Comittee: the threat of dogs against that nation's postal carriers.


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