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Quote of the Day - This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. - Will Rogers
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Play Ball! Your Congress At Work.

While driving to school this morning I heard an interesting story on NPR reporting that the United States House Government Reform Committee has issued subpoenas to a number of current and former major league baseball stars to testify regarding steroids. What exactly are our Representatives up to? I may be wrong, but the last time that I checked steroid use in baseball wasnít a matter of national security, wonít fix Medicare or Social Security, and probably isnít even a matter of pressing national interest.

Who is Congress trying to appease? With the exception of a very small percentage of the population, I would suggest that sports are simply entertainment. When I go to the ballpark, I want to see the game and enjoy the atmosphere. I am not worried if the second baseman has too much pine-tar on his bat or the right fielderís glove is an inch too big. I have heard the argument that baseball has to be cleaned up so that our kids arenít following ďjuiced-upĒ role models. How many of them will be tuned-in to C-SPAN for the hearings anyway? I am sure you know my guess and those who do tune in and actually take note probably aren't the kids your representative is concerned about anyway.

Here are the men and women we elected to run our nation spending their time and our tax dollars investigating our national pastime. As much as I hope that each and every sporting contest that I watch is inherently fair, I donít expect Congress to insure it. This is a matter for baseball to take care of internally. If they donít, fans leave and baseball suffers. Eventually, baseball either fixes the problem or it becomes hockey I say let the market take care of sorting this out and let Congress get back to some real work.

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