May 15, 2008

Specter of Government Frivolity

The specter of government frivolity and waste has reared its ugly and expensive head. The former and sometimes mourned party of fiscal responsibility has conceded the field to whomever wishes to declare themselves an adult and take leadership of this country. Yet another horseman of the apocalypse has trotted through town, alerting us that the end is here. Here is the headline on Boston.com:

[Senator] Specter calls for outside probe

What's that a probe of, you might wonder (as if most of you don't already know). Is it:

  • a probe of risky lending practices?
  • a probe of compromises of our defense intelligence?
  • a probe of civil liberties violations?
  • a probe of Executive Branch corruption?
  • a probe of election mishandling?
  • a probe of disaster preparedness?
  • a probe of terrorism vulnerabilities in our nation's ports?
  • a probe of the effectiveness of the war on drugs and/or our drug laws?
  • a probe of the social problems plaguing city schools?
  • a probe of energy policy, which has failed to bring us viable alternatives to oil?
  • a probe of speculation in the price of oil?
  • a probe of science policy being twisted by Executive Branch politics?
  • a probe of Iraq policies?

I could go on, but you get the idea. It's none of those things. It's a probe of football because Arlen Specter is unhappy that his favorite team lost. And after the NFL decided not to continue to pursue the Patriots taping "scandal," he wants to force more scrutiny by wasting government funds paying independent investigators. As far as I can tell, no laws were broken; nobody has even speculated any laws were broken.

Perhaps he hasn't been out of his office lately, but we're in a motor-truckin' recession out here. We don't need the Republicans running the NFL, we need them to be adults and lead the country in solving actual problems. I'm sorry if the real world is too boring.

What's next? A government probe into why the last Start Trek movie sucked so badly and why "Enterprise" turned off its fanbase? GIVE ME A MOTOR-TRUCKIN' BREAK. It's entertainment.

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Posted by James at May 15, 2008 8:54 AM
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I like your list - it's longer than mine, but I posted mine in about 5 minutes time before I went to bed last night...but we're pretty well aligned.

I think we should add a probe of Sen Specter's ass.

Posted by: Bull at May 15, 2008 2:28 PM

A mission to find his brain?

Posted by: briwei at May 15, 2008 3:03 PM

It's too bad, really, because he is a good senator. He's a more traditional Republican who has sided with Democrats on important, substantive issues. He's generally pro-choice and gay-friendly, for example.

Remember when he told Bush not to send staunchly anti-choice Supreme Court nominees? I do. See more on his voting record, etc., here:

http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Arlen_Specter.htm

When he's gone, he will most likely be replaced by a neo-neocon. His breed is increasingly rare.

I'm not sure how he got on this investigation of non-newsworthy, unimportant topics jag, but I wish he'd stop. He's better than this.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 15, 2008 3:35 PM

Any Senator who does not like the Patriots is a BAD Senator. :P

Posted by: Bull at May 15, 2008 4:19 PM

One of the world's biggest problems is that politicians like to feel needed.

Posted by: Anton Sherwood at May 18, 2008 5:46 PM

Well, Anton, I think it's fair to say we need politicians. Perhaps the qualifier is that we don't need the B.S. that often time comes with, as in the ridiculous pandering of Clinton and McCain re: a summer "gas tax holiday."

Posted by: Patti M. at May 18, 2008 6:03 PM

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