Drama queens in D.C.

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What intrigue! It's more suspenseful than a bottom-of-the-ninth, bases-loaded, two-out World Series climax!

Who's lying? Who's telling the truth? Did baseball great Roger "The Rocket" Clemens take steroids or human growth hormone? Did they help him win seven Cy Young Awards for being the best pitcher in Major League Baseball? Did they help him keep pitching at the age of 83, or however old he is?

If you believe Roger Clemens when he testified under oath to Congress Wednesday that he did not take such drugs, then you have to disbelieve two accusers -- and disregard the admission from his own wife that she took human growth hormone, while believing that her athlete husband somehow skipped that little exercise.

Then again -- and we hate to interrupt such a gripping moment -- why is this a congressional matter in the first place?

And why is Senate Judiciary Committee member Arlen Specter, R-Pa., making a federal case out of alleged spying on other teams by the New England Patriots? How can he or anyone else justify using a moment's time of the taxpayer-funded Senate on what is such a trivial matter in the scheme of things?

Is it possible this wild-goose-chase mentality on Capitol Hill is one of the reasons that only 20 percent of Americans think Congress is doing a good job? Think of that: 80 percent don't think members of Congress are executing their jobs adequately!

You know what? They love to get us in front of their little kangaroo court at the Capitol and swear us in and interrogate us about whatever's going on in our industries.

Maybe we need to turn the tables on those drama queens in Congress -- what the heck are they injecting themselves with, we wonder -- and put them under oath and grill them for awhile about what they've been doing.

Folks, your members of Congress are pulling down $170,000 a year. And they can't secure the border. And they can't balance a budget. And they can't protect American workers from unfair trade practices. And they can't approve a law to spy on terrorists. And they can't agree on what to do about radical Islam. And they know this country is headed for bankruptcy from out-of-control entitlements, and they aren't saying or doing anything about it. In fact, they're adding to your children's financial burden every minute of every day.

Forget baseball and football. Let's quit playing games on Capitol Hill, girls and boys. Let's have a hearing and swear them in for a change and let them feel the heat and field some questions about the goings-on, or lack thereof, in their workplace.

Congress is beyond a disgrace. It's a scandal.

Investigate that.

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justus4
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justus4 02/15/08 - 05:45 am
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The writer needs to get a
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The writer needs to get a grip. This is reality... What about Bonds, who is facing jail? Is that drama? Why is Clemens not facing jail? He requested this hearing, remember? Both Bonds and Clemens did the same thing, but one is being targeted for prison and the other is having excuses made for him. The article is off-point about the House and goes on & on about their responsibility. That's not the point. Did this guy violate established rules to enhance his performance and lie about it? Thats the point. And we all know the answer to that one.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 02/15/08 - 06:06 am
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Justus4, he must be mad cause

Justus4, he must be mad cause this is probably his favorite ball player.

wildman
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wildman 02/15/08 - 06:35 am
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I think our Reps and Senators

I think our Reps and Senators have a lot more important things to do than worry about a baseball scandal. You had to be in a coma not to know that the players were doing something for all of a sudden ALL these records were being broken. This is not the issues I want my reps looking at, think about it!

Da Voice Inside Your Head
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Da Voice Inside Your Head 02/15/08 - 07:44 am
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Get used to it. This is what

Get used to it. This is what to expect if the liberals get to be in charge. They want to be in charge of everything in your life but they are immune from the same treatment. Gee, i can hardly wait to find out if my neighbor changes his under shorts daily or not! This is not what Congress should be doing! The writer is CORRECT! If and when they get done investigating everyone then maybe we can get a BUDGET passed.

Dedicated
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Dedicated 02/15/08 - 08:54 am
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For what ever reason I

For what ever reason I believe Clemens. It's probably because I hate a "RAT"....and McNamee is just that. Why did he keep used needles for 5 years? The guy is a proven lier and everyone jumps on the wagon with him. And only one person says Clemens injected. The other player says Clemens "said he used" the stuff. This was from a casual conversation 8 years ago. Clemens says he told him his "wife was using". There is more than a reasonable doubt in my mind. Prove the guy guilty or get off his back!

christian134
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christian134 02/15/08 - 09:00 am
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Lets get real people. There

Lets get real people. There are always going to be drugs to keep the sports world going. Let it go and lets concentrate on what really matters.

johnsmith
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johnsmith 02/15/08 - 10:00 am
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Why the hell is CONGRESS

Why the hell is CONGRESS having this discussion? This is a matter for the DA of the county in which the player lives. If there is sufficient evidence for a trial, go for it. If not, shut the hell up. Thank God there are no serious issues facing this great country, and our elected representatives can spend their time addressing the behavior of the overpaid entertainers of a superficial and self-indulgent society...

jack
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jack 02/15/08 - 12:07 pm
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Justus4, Bonds is facing jail

Justus4, Bonds is facing jail for lying to Congress and it beng proven. No one has proven Clemens used steroids or lied to Congress. Get it? (I doubt it).

jack
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jack 02/15/08 - 12:15 pm
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Lttlre wonder our current

Lttlre wonder our current DIMocRAT controlled Congress is rated lower than President Bush (average about 22%). We have the idiot from CA (surprise!?) holding inane hearings (one of over 300 in the past year) on use of steroids by private citizens that cost us tax payers NOTHING while allowing out national security to be compromised by allowing the laws that have protected us since 9/11 to expire by midnight tonight while they are on vacation. Little wonder that the DIMs are seen as not having a clue about National Security, but only in politics and power at any cost? BTW, I don't want to hear anything further about Bush "vacationaing" in Crawford, TX. Even then, he makes damn sure we are protected from those who have sworn to destroy us.

charlesmanson
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charlesmanson 02/15/08 - 12:40 pm
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yeah! put all of the

yeah! put all of the atheletes in prison! i mean mike vick is a real menace to society,yet dog fighting goes on daily.ballplayers taking steroids, lock them all up?menace to society, they told a lie!lock them up! half the judges and attorneys in this country lie daily but shower them with praise! crime is rampant, out of control! businesses broken into daily,murders daily,philadelphia is now called killadelphia,cops taking pictures of homsexual activity, yeah! i'm really worried about one of those guys killing me or robbing me. our priorities are upside down folks! incarcerate the trash! not the atheletes whose decisions would not necessarily be our decisions!

JEF
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JEF 02/15/08 - 05:49 pm
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Congress and baseball have

Congress and baseball have long been intertwined. Congress has decreed that baseball is exempt from anti-trust laws. Congress intervened to establish Judge Landis in his position as commissioner to "clean up" baseball.

Baseball is also involved with government at the local and state levels by receiving use of tax payer funded stadiums, security and upkeep of the property at ground floor prices.

Baseball should have cleaned its own house years ago when all this began to surface. The pursuit of money is the reason why nothing has been done to remove the cheaters or even make their actions against the rules until Congress got involved again.

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