Thursday, March 17, 2005

Does Congress have nothing better to do

than to investigate whether baseball players have been using steroids? For the life of me I cannot understand how this is any of Congress's business, let alone that of the Government Reform Committee. Don't they have, you know, a government to reform or something? If the Major Leagues have decided to ban steroids, and players are cheating, why isn't that up to the Major Leagues to discover, and to discipline the infringers as they see fit? Perhaps sue them for breach of contract, and get back the millions they've been paid. And conversely, if the Major Leagues decide that discretion is the better part of valour, and that this particular rule should not be enforced too rigorously, isn't that their decision to make? For that matter, maybe the Leagues should just come right out and permit steroids (or legal substitutes that have the same effect, since I gather that steroids have, for some reason, become illegal); isn't that their decision to make? Or are our esteemed legislators next going to investigate foul balls and pitching action, and possible inconsistencies in umpiring?

Get over it, people, it's entertainment! You don't tell Hollywood how to make films, or rock groups how to produce noise, why are you telling the sporting world how to run their business?


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