Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Why Are Baseball Players Held to a Higher Standard than Politicians?

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President Obama at last night's press conference that pre-empted "House," opining on Alex Rodriguez, who is apparently some sort of "baseball player":

"I think it's depressing news on top of what's been a flurry of depressing items when it comes to Major League Baseball. And if you're a fan of Major League Baseball, I think it -- it tarnishes an entire era to some degree. And it's unfortunate, because I think there are a lot of ballplayers who played it straight. And the thing I'm probably most concerned about is the message that it sends to our kids.

What I'm pleased about is Major League Baseball seems to finally be taking this seriously, to recognize how big of a problem this is for the sport. And that our kids, hopefully, are watching and saying, you know what, there are no shortcuts; that when you try to take shortcuts, you may end up tarnishing your entire career, and that your integrity is not worth it. That's the message I hope is communicated."

The man who's trying to push a "stimulus" that will burden future generations with massive debt (and without any of that time-consuming debate) is suddenly worried about "the children"? Because of a mothereffing baseball player taking a drug to help him recover more quickly between practices?

"There are no shortcuts?" Isn't this whole stimulus a "shortcut" through our supposedly dire economic situation?

"That's the message I hope is communicated?" The "message" of the stimulus to these kids he's so worried about can be summed up in two words: "Eff you." We're in trouble, now you're going to pay for it.

At least Alex Rodriguez is owning up to his "mistake." He's been caught and he's coming clean. The president is doubling down, making things worse.

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