It's the small victories, sometimes:
Congressional hearings that have put the likes of Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens in the crosshairs appear to be far less likely to occur as the Republicans seized control of the House of Representatives this week.
Rep. Darrell Issa, the incoming chairman of the House subcommittee that called the iconic hearings into steroid use in baseball, has no interest in exploring performance-enhancing drugs in sports, his spokesman told FanHouse.
"I think it's clear to the American people that jobs and the economy are more important than steroids in baseball," Frederick Hill said. "It would be unlikely that the Oversight Committee will turn its focus to steroids or any other performance-enhancing substances. We are more concerned about stimulus oversight, taxpayer money that went into TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) and health care laws."
For once, Tim Cavanaugh's irrational politician-crush proves prescient!
The search terms "go
vernment reform" and "steroids" have produced some of the more memorable headlines in recent Reason history. And by "memorable" I do mean "Enos Cabellesque," especially when they were written by me:
It takes a special kind of crazy to keep on sticking up for the rights of millionaire baseball ass-hats vis-a-vis congressional no-goodniks who want to rewrite the record books and drug-test every high-schooler who can run the 40 in under 10 seconds flat. But that's what happens when you reject the do-something approach to American governance, recognize that nanny-state laws are both tangible and bar-lowering infringements on our freedom and prosperity, and take as a default notion that what an individual chooses to ingest is not the government's beeswax. Also, Bud Selig should be sent on the slow-boat to Madagascar, and not just because he perpetuates goofy nationalistic lies that have been discredited for more than a century.
We here at Reason–well, I here at Reason, anyway, along with the Ed Kranepool of political commentary, Nick Gillespie, plus Trot Nixon apologist Michael C. Moynihan–love baseball enough to despise any intersection between the sport and a political process that's more debased than Bo Belinsky chasing broadies down Wilshire. We are your loudest political voice against stadium welfare, against howlingly unjust eminent domain proceedings by the state on behalf of billionaire sports owners, and above all against Ken Burns. (Okay, maybe not "above all.") We like our sports like we like our lives–private, discretionary, and weird. Viddy some viddies:
Why should you donate to Reason right the hell now? Because think about who is on the other side of these power struggles: Billionaire fatcats eager to steal your money, unprincipled politicians with zero sense of justice or shame, on-the-take chamber-of-commerce types who produce straight-faced lies about stadiums bringing economic growth to downtowns, gullible newspaper editorial boards with edifice complexes, and Hank Paulson's demon spawn (literally).
On our team? Not bloody much, aside from any honest academic who has studied the issue. We go where our principles and reporting take us, and more often than not they take us to a place where there is little in the way of economic interest in speaking up for truth, justice, and the American way of not having to give two shits about sports as opposed to having your money stolen and life uprooted just because rich a-hole wants to shake down the idiot money tree at City Hall. It is a shameful, shameful racket, every last bit of it, and each marginal dollar from you helps us in the lonely fight.