Baseball, Steroids and Congress
When I first saw the news about the widespread report is Baseball on steroid use reaching the upper echelons of its stars, I felt different emotions.
One emotion was the sheer anti-climactic lack of surprise. It was so obvious regardless of what any "official investigation" had to say. We know. We've ALL known for so long now.
Another emotion was disappointment...but helpless disappointment...the kind you get from observing something unpleasant that you have no direct harm from and cannot change yet do not like it just the same. It's a same these players do this.
The last was a bit of disgust as I watched everyone with something to gain from the attention force some kind of official action on the matter. I was even more disgusted watching the media stumble over the themselves in an attempt to feign hysteria over the matter asking everyone and Santa Claus what "the government was going to do about it".
My take is this: If the substance is illegal, then it's illegal. The mechanisms to do something about should already be in place, no? I see no need for special hearing and hub bub.
Doug over at Liberty Papers has a similar yet more forceful view on the matter:
I know I’m being slightly naive in asking this question, but why does Congress need to get involved in this matter at all ? Let Major League Baseball decide how to deal with it, and let the fans decide how they are going to treat the players named in the report. Not every problem in the country demands a Congressional subcommittee’s attention, and this is certainly one of those times when Congress would be best advised to butt out.