posted on February 13, 2008 01:38
I work at home.
Every once in a while I'll wander out to the kitchen to grab a sandwich or a cup of coffee. Generally I'll flip on Fox News while I'm at it, so over the course of the day I get a sampling of the day's news.
Today it's been virtual CSPAN, as Fox turned all its cameras onto the dramatic hearings involving Roger Clemens, his former trainer, and Major League Baseball.
A few days ago I pointed out that the United States Congress may have better things to do with our tax dollars than jawbone about baseball, steroids, and HGH. Today Fox anchor Shepard Smith took up that drumbeat. As the hearings progressed, Shep took advantage of the occasional break to rail about a Congressional activity that is costing U.S. taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and tying up Congressmen and their staffs who must have something better to do.
Shep also pointed out that the alleged illegal activity—the use of a controlled medication without a prescription—took place at least eight years ago, and is thus well beyond its five-year statute of limitation. As a result, the only indictment that could possibly come out of these hearings is one for perjury. Admittedly, somebody in that room is lying... but it's impossible not to note that any perjury charge would be an artifact of hearings that never should have happened in the first place!
It's ridiculous. When you count the tax dollars spent on this farce, it verges into the obscene. It needs to stop.
Meanwhile, where's the oversight committee that's supposed to prevent boondoggles like this? I'd commit a few more of my tax dollars to that investigation.