In the Midst of Two Wars and a Financial Crisis, U.S. Government Attacks Sports

Bing WangCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2008

Why is the government so incompetent? Why are important government officials choosing to get involved with sports issues?  Is there truly nothing better for them to do than attack an entertainment business?

Right now is the transitional period between Bush and Obama, the two main issues Obama will be facing is the failing economy and the two wars in the Middle East. 

It should be the responsibility of everybody else in the government to HELP Obama fix these things and HELP fix problems under his jurisdiction.  

When Sen. Arlen Specter pursued the issue of "Spygate," many people thought he was overdoing it. 

Why in the world is the senator wasting his time and demanding answers from the NFL when Philadelphia, a city he is supposed to represent, is bad enough to be ranked number 5 in Forbes list of most miserable cities in the U.S.  Did he not have enough issues to deal with?

During the Mitchell Report scandal, there was a congressional hearing just to hear evidence about steroid abuse.  That's is a far cry from when Congress met to make important decisions such as desegregating public places. There are just as many important issues now as there were then.

After the Plaxico Burress issue, Mayor Bloomberg spoke to reporters and sent the message that he wants to make Burress serve at least the mandatory 3.5 years.

"Our children are getting killed with guns in the street," he said. "It would be an outrage if we didn't prosecute to the fullest extent of law."

Mr. Bloomberg, instead of attacking a star NFL player, why don't you actively attempt to make reforms so that something like Sean Bell never happens again?

Why don't you use those $341 million to fix up the projects if you want to prevent violence in the streets and try to save lives? I am sure trying to change the projects will help New York much more than two stadiums for the Mets and Yankees.

And now we have Congressmen who think legislation to stop the BCS is more important than any of the other issues facing our nation.  The bill, if passed, will prevent a post-season bowl game from being promoted as the "National Championship" game unless it resulted from a playoff system. 

Why are these grown men choosing to affect a game played by STUDENT ATHLETES? Despite their star status, these kids are still in college and they do not get paid for what they do. 

Is that seriously one of the main issues facing the House? Deciding whether or not to let the BCS system continue?  I thought we were in the middle of a global recession.  In the the face of trouble, sports have provided the ultimate escape from reality.  

The escape from reality becomes a negative, we pay tax dollars so the government can fix our problems, not so they can interfere with something that is purely for entertainment.

As much as most college football fans despise the BCS and all that it represents, there are much more important issues that need to be fixed. 

Watching our favorite teams being snubbed out of a National Championship game is truly just a nuisance, compared to 1 in 20 people being unemployed.