The nation is at war in Irag and Afganistan and families across the land are mourning their fallen sons and daughters. The economy is closing in on a recession. Our literacy rate is falling. Kids are abused, people are homeless and global warming could make Houston Street beachfront property in a few decades. Guns are readily available to criminals. The terrorists who planned the destruction of the World Trade Center remain at large. Gas is headed for $3.50 a gallon.
Yet Sen. Arlen Specter is concerned that the NFL destroyed videotapes of football games. And the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today had a old baseball player named Chuck Knoblauch come to Washington to ask him if he used steroids six years ago.
What’s next, asking Vince McMahon if Mr. X is really from Parts Unknown? Maybe the Twins should be called in and asked why they didn’t get more for Johan Santana. Can we get a better definition of pass interference?
Steroids are bad, yes. Those who sell them to high school kids should get thrown in jail. But do our elected officials really need to concern themselves with the rules of the NFL and Major League Baseball? How did this become worthy of their attention?
“I am very concerned about the underlying facts on the taping, the reasons for the judgment on the limited penalties and, most of all, on the inexplicable destruction of the tapes,” Specter said.
Very concerned? Really? I’m very concerned a clown like this has a vote in the Senate.
Meanwhile, Knoblauch, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens will be paraded before Congress in a few weeks to explain what drug (that may or may not work) they may or may not have taken six years ago.
I’m sure getting to the bottom of that will make the homeless veteran who can’t afford gas to search for jobs that aren’t available feel so much better.