Monday, August 08, 2005

House chair expects Palmeiro records by end of week

When Congress held those ridiculous steroid hearings back in March, I thought that surely that must have something better they could be doing. But apparently not, since they're not only still focused on it, they're ignoring any common sense in doing so. First, if the hearings were supposed to help address the problem of steroids in baseball, then it looks like they worked. There's a new testing policy, and even big names like Palmeiro are not exempt from getting caught by it. So, mission accomplished, move on. Second, Palmeiro may have lied to Congress, that seems like common sense. But he did that in March, and only recently tested positive, so there's no more evidence now that he lied to Congress than there was at the time of his testimony. There is certainly fuel for speculation, but nothing concrete. And even if you can somehow (I don't know how) show that he took steroids before his testimony, he's most likely going to stick with the "didn't do it knowingly" defense that he is going with now. I don't see any way that you can prove that he's lying. You may be able to create a lot of PR problems for him, but that's about it, and he's done a pretty good job of that on his own.

Now, if you are really concerned about people lying to Congress (as opposed to just exploiting a big story for political gain), I know someone who has done it, who you can hold accountable.

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5 comments:

Robert Bayn said...

I don't care if Palmerio lied, i don't care if athlete use steroids, thats their decision, if they want to act dumb, and do stupid things, whatever. What the house should do, is investigate themselves, because their lies effect me a whole lot more, then some dude hitting home runs.

The Disgruntled Chemist said...

Now, if you are really concerned about people lying to Congress (as opposed to just exploiting a big story for political gain), I know someone who has done it, who you can hold accountable.

It's Clinton, right? Let's go get that bastard!

John Howard said...

Yeah, that guy lies all the time.

somewaterytart said...

Yeah, why can't I bring myself to care if athletes use steroids? It just doesn't seem like anything to focus much energy on, especially if you're Congress. But then again, I thought that about Clinton getting his no-no worked on, so what the hell do I know? Not much.

Fixer said...

Your tax dollars at work, my friend.