Baseball Steroid Use..Do You Really Care?

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    Congress is holding hearings on the use of steroids in Baseball.

    My feeling is Congress has more important things to deal with than this.
    If athletes wish to voluntarily take steroids knowing the risks then let them.
    Does this now open the arena for other hearings on plastic surgery which is also risky???
     
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    personally, do I care? no, but only to the extent that its them, not me.

    do i care about it in professional sports? certainly. It then forces others to have to do them just to compete. If younger people feel compelled to damage themselves just for a shot at being a professional athlete then there's something wrong there.
     
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    I think the whole point is that drug use in professional sports is dangerous, and it was my understanding that the steriods they shot are illegal. If that's the case, Congress is certainly justified in holding hearings.
     
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    U.S. Government Goes After Major League Baseball
    By Drog (Canada)
    The World Forum
    March 16, 2005

    When Major League Baseball Players Association, and Major League Club officials questioned the Committee's jurisdiction and the basis of the investigation, the Committee responded, saying that under the rules of the House, "the Committee on Government Reform may at any time conduct investigations of any matter . . . ."The House has given the Government Reform Committee this broad oversight jurisdiction so that the Committee can make "findings and recommendations . . . available to any other standing committee having jurisdiction over the matter involved." Without question, the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs under the Federal Controlled Substances Act is a "matter" within the oversight jurisdiction of Congress and the Government Reform Committee."

    Congressman Davis confirmed the possibility that the investigation may not end with baseball. Davis was asked by an interviewer, "What authority does your committee have? Could you look into drugs in Hollywood, drugs in the music business? How widespread do you feel can go?" He replied, "Rule 10 clause 4C2 gives us the ability to hold a hearing on any matter at any time."

    Well that's a little scary. Remember the Hollywood Ten? Don't get me wrong, I certainly do not advocate steroid use by athletes. But shouldn't Major League Baseball be solving that problem on their own? Shouldn't the Committee on Government Reform be investigating the U.S. government, not a privately-run sports league?

    Jon Stewart, of The Daily Show, offered this reaction to Davis' statement: "Any matter at any time?!! Enron, Halliburton, no WMD's, Abu Ghraib and you went with... baseball. Way to go."

    http://www.theworldforum.org/story/2005/3/16/74310/2798
     
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    I agree but why congress? Why not leave it up to the baseball commission?
     
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    1) I don't care

    2) It is not the Congress' job to investigate. There is already a grand jury investigation. The congress has better things to do.
     
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    Drugs are illegal; Congress makes the laws. Plus, the Baseball Commission is not the gov't.
     
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    Jon Stewart... comedian. Wow. He's certainly a huge influence on me when I develop coherent policy stances. Who are you gonna quote next, Kermit the Frog?
     
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    I think it's a problem that should be addressed and cleaned up, but Congress is not the right organization to be handling it. Like Bonnie said, it should have been the responsibility of the Baseball Commission to handle it, along with individual state law enforcement agencies, if necessary. Just my own opinion.
     
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    No. I'm going to quote your "leader" George Dubya Bush.

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    stay on topic or create another thread!
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