Thursday, December 01, 2005

Arlen Spector and Congress in General

Arlen Specter thinks the Philadelphia Eagles have treated TO (pronounced, too) unfairly. Yippee. Where do United States senators get off threatening private businesses for their personnel decisions? The Eagles did what they were within their rights to do. The arbitrator agreed. The NFL has no problem with. So Arlen Specter jumps in to throw in his two cents. Is Specter in TO's entourage? Give me a break.

This is yet another example of congress sticking their collective nose where it doesn't belong. Similar to them pressing MLB about its steroid policy. Congress has absolutely no business attempting to force businesses to do what congress wants them to do. I realize we've got nothing else for them to do like debate the Iraq War (constructively for a change, not just mudslinging, camera mongering hypefests) social security, welfare reform, tax reform, hurricane relief, budget balancing, etc. These guys must need more to do.

Its like city wide smoking bans. I hate cigarette smoke. Always have, always will. I particularly hate it when I'm trying to taste a nice meal instead of a stale Doral. But city wide smoking bans are not legal. If they are ever challenged in court, I think they'll be struck down. You can't have government telling privately owned entities what kind of legal activities they can and cannot allow in their places of business.

Government is too big. That's obvious when they have time to tell bars they can't allow a drunk to smoke, when they have time to tell MLB they need stricter steroid policies, and when Arlen Spector has time to threaten the Philly Eagles for their "mistreatment" of TO. So next election, when you hear a candidate talking about how much more government should be doing for you, remember, more government means less freedom and more frivilous activity by government officials.

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