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The title should speak for itself. I have always wondered why in the hell the US Congress cares to waste its time trying to find out if athletes have taken steroids, etc. What is the precedent for this anyway?

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The title should speak for itself. I have always wondered why in the hell the US Congress cares to waste its time trying to find out if athletes have taken steroids, etc. What is the precedent for this anyway?

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even more of a waste of tax money and time is the patriots so called spygate

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We live in a culture that believes that it is not cheating unless you are caught. It is what it is! Its cheating! Its fraud! Do you honestly think that you can win the World Series or the Superbowl without a regimen of performance enhancing drugs? Do you not think it is strange that 300lb men can run the 40yd dash in less than 5 seconds? Add it up.

The central question is whether you consider the NFL and the MLB sport or entertainment. Professional wrestling is entertainment. Where do you draw the line?

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^I agree but you have to understand sport in America Is also entertainment

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Good topic.

I think this whole thing is a sensationalistic waste of time and money. Just a way to get those sickening politicians some free time on TV. Those congressional panelists can't possibly think they are doing something helpful.

There are anthropologists that are starting to believe taking substances is a part of being a human being. People have been taking substances since there were people. Prohibition didn't work, the Drug War didn't work, raising the drinking age to 21 didn't matter........same with these performance substances. People will take whatever substances they wanna take.

Instead of making things "illegal" and sensationalistic, why not concentrate on educating people to the down side of substances. Steroids enact some terrible things to the human body. Get out that word, and don't put people in jail!

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Stuff like this is a distraction from issues and reality. You get in public spotlight without having to vote on anything and causing a potential issue with the electorate, it's easier to get re-elected.

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This is the worst thing the new Congress has done since taking office. Wasting such valuable time and money on use of steroids is an embarrassment to the Congress and to America.

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Who cares!?!?!?! Congress has no business wasting our time and money on it. Sports are entertainment. It's not required of citizens like social security or taxes. If you don't agree with it, then you don't go to the games or give the teams your money. End of story. We don't have a Federal budget for the next fiscal year yet. We have a war going on. Social Security may not last another 20 years. American citizens are dying because they don't have adequate health care. There are so many things that should be taken care of that aren't. Our supposed representatives have their priorities way out of line.

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Who cares!?!?!?! Congress has no business wasting our time and money on it. Sports are entertainment. It's not required of citizens like social security or taxes. If you don't agree with it, then you don't go to the games or give the teams your money. End of story. We don't have a Federal budget for the next fiscal year yet. We have a war going on. Social Security may not last another 20 years. American citizens are dying because they don't have adequate health care. There are so many things that should be taken care of that aren't. Our supposed representatives have their priorities way out of line.

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If you believe that 10% of the time Congress is actually doing something worthwhile, then you must accept that the other 90% of the time they are not. As opposed to the "something for nothing" adage, they are mostly doing "nothing for something", and probably feel some vague guilt about this, and occasionally attempt to justify it.

I often think about how busy and stressed out our country's first ten congressional classes must have been, what with trying to create a country, personally fighting in wars, the occasional duel, stuff like that. Hell, there was the real threat that you could die from Malaria due to the swamps around DC. Perhaps our leaders today would feel a greater urgency to fix our country's problems if they faced the threat of deadly disease or an occasional duel...

Sorry, long week.

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how much of that do you think relates to the "down/last" year of Bush's administration and more action will be done with new a new President in office.

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I don't think it has much to do with Bush. When Clinton was in office and there was a Democratic Congress, not a ton of stuff was done either.

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^^^This is quite off topic~hehhe

One thing that been glaringly obvious about the steroids hearings is Roger Clemens' defiant attitude toward the whole thing. Normally I'm turned-off by people exhibiting arrogance toward congressional hearings. But in this case, I think Clemens is on the money. Why should he try to act cheerful while going through such bonified bullsh*t ?????

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^^^This is quite off topic~hehhe

One thing that been glaringly obvious about the steroids hearings is Roger Clemens' defiant attitude toward the whole thing. Normally I'm turned-off by people exhibiting arrogance toward congressional hearings. But in this case, I think Clemens is on the money. Why should he try to act cheerful while going through such bonified bullsh*t ?????

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... the band plays on...

For me, its an issue of integrity. Are they doped? Armstrong's run at the Tour de France was brilliant, but...

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The way I heard it, Congress didn't really care about the doping itself, but about some perjuring issues? I don't know much about it, as I really couldn't care less about who's shooting up what in MLB.

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The way I heard it, Congress didn't really care about the doping itself, but about some perjuring issues? I don't know much about it, as I really couldn't care less about who's shooting up what in MLB.

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Congress should care about lying, they just shouldn't care about lying when it comes to professional sports.

Unless somehow, someway, it affected the entire U.S., which it doesn't, it shouldn't be their problem.

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^Professional sports is, for better or worse, very big business. Unethical practices in this area are as much Congress' concern as such practices would be in any other multi-billion-dollar industry.

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Major League Baseball has an anti-trust exemption from the Federal government. As a result, Congress has the authority to call in witnesses, union leaders, owners, etc., from those involved with the sport, more or less at will. Throw in interstate commerce concerns and ongoing federal legal investigations into things like the BALCO Labs case, and a case can certainly be made for Congress having authority to at least ask questions.

Ultimate legal authority in Congress remains either allowing or not allowing the anti-trust exemption to stand, which isn't going to change anytime soon, but because of that authority, all that has to happen is for Congressional oversight to rattle a few chains and more or less anyone involved with MLB has to testify before Congress. Like I said, there isn't much that Congress can actually do, other than ask questions, but that threat alone is usually enough for the powers that be at MLB to have their chains yanked a time or two and correct concerns that Congress may be concerned about. Most of the time, these concerns are in the realm of labor relations, or something related to interstate commerce.

Probably once a Congress (every two years) something related to MLB is questioned by Congress, but with the ongoing Federal investigation into steroids, there have been a few more than normal.

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Indeed. MLB has one of the very few government approved monopolies in the country and as a result a lot of people make a lot of money from it. Congress has the right to expect a certain behavior (such as following the law) from the people benefiting from this business in return for this government mandated gift to the business.

Of course it is always politically good for congressional investigators to sniff out a high profile, non-partisan, Roger Clemmons, to throw to the dogs to be torn up for his use of steroids. (or rather for lying about it his use) It makes them look like they are actually doing something and it's one of the few times that you will see democrats and republicans walking in lockstep like you do in this matter.

It's just another example of the failure of our national government and our media who sees nothing wrong with it because for them, such a spectacle means ratings.

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Just because you have the authority to do something doesn't mean you should always do it. There are too many other pressing issues that need addressed to keep our country going to worry about petty stuff like this.

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Thanks for that info, it makes more sense now. I had always wondered what basis Congress had to care at all.

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