You know what I learned about our elected government officials today during the first of the Congressional Hearings on steroids (the prelude to the hearing with Roger Clemens)?
That you really do not have to be all that bright to get elected to Congress.
I don’t understand why in a Congressional Hearing every single Congressman or Congresswoman felt the need to give some silly prelude to his or her questions.
In the report, Congressional Hearings about steroid use in baseball on January 15, 2008, the whole day was a wash. Okay, hold on- I’ll give them some credit. We did learn a little bit about how players are turning to amphetamines, but other than that, there was nothing new from this hearing.
One congressman actually asked the George Mitchell if the Players’ Union was cooperative with the Mitchell Report investigation, which tried to uncover some of the hidden secrets of the steroid era. If that is not the dumbest question I have ever heard from an allegedly intelligent person, than I don’t know what it is.
Did these congressmen just call a hearing and then do nothing to at all to educate themselves on the situation? Is this how they approach things in the government that actually MATTER in our lives? That would explain a whole lot. It especially explains why congressmen vote for a war without reading reports on 9/11 and its relation (or non-relation) to Iraq.
But I digress, because we already know that Congress taking on a hearing about steroids in grown, rich, baseball-playing men is quite absurd. And if one more person says the “real importance” of these hearing was to help kids stop taking steroids, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn for sale if he or she would like to buy that B.S. too!
This hearing wasn’t about the kids; it was about fulfilling egos and getting face. There were more pats on the back of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Player Union Head Donald Fehr than there were grandstands for the live national television audience….and there was a lot of grandstanding!
And through it all, there was not one penetrating question (other than those about amphetamines) asked in the whole 5-hour ordeal. For government officials who are supposed to be adept at researching and understanding the economy, government and society, they can’t even look up one of the 5 gazillion blogs on the internet that answer questions pertaining to steroids. Congressmen after congressmen kept asking if someone could explain the negative effects of steroids on human beings. And one guy actually tried to argue that steroids actually have no effect on someone’s statistics because he read a report stating that in the NYTimes.
Oh really? Steroids have no effect on person’s baseball statistics if used for a long period of time? How about the fact that steroids helps someone heal faster and thus enables to play longer, stronger and be less prone to injury? How about the fact that the stronger you are, the further you can hit the ball, thus increasing stats like homeruns and slugging percentage? The nerve of that guy to challenge that on this stage, when the entire reason they are having this hearing is because people are outraged that steroids are affecting the integrity of the statistical element of baseball.
So the next time you are making your vote, forget about voting along the partisan lines, and just vote for the congressmen with the highest I.Q. Maybe 5% of time, that will result in electing some of the smart ones, and there were a few today.
As for the other 95%, let’s just hope they never get elected President…at least not again, anyway.