Sunday, March 13, 2005

Republicans say steroids more important than economy.

Has anyone out there been watching the Sunday morning talking-head shows on TV? All this talk about steroids in professional sports! Look: professional baseball has a commissioner, and so does football and every other sport. Why does Congress have to involve itself in this? I don't vote to send people to Washington to talk about steroid use! It's already illegal, and that's fine. Let the regulations do their job; this is irrelevant, and a good idea for Republicans and their toadies to use to divert attention from the draconian anti-bankruptcy bill that Republican and many Democrats rammed through last week—not to mention the criminal dismantling of Social Security that Bush is pushing for.

Tim Russert ought to be ashamed that he's flogging this issue above real issues. And Reps. Tom Davis (R-VA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) ought to be ashamed for having helped.

Yes, it's too bad that athletes are using steroids. But it's not Congress's job to fret about that, and it's certainly not the president's. It's bad enough that Bush took steroids onto the campaign trail last year, but really, if anyone needs to avoid serious issues, it's Bush. But the rest of Congress, who actually have a future to concern themselves with, ought to know that they do, just like the rest of us. They have no excuse.

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