So, yesterday Sen. Arlen Specter announces he isn’t going to push for anymore hearings regarding the NFL and “spygate”. Essentially he said he has pushed as far as he can without anyone caring and still…no one cares….so he stops…. The whole thing was a horse and pony show with alterior motives…more on that later.
I was much more interested in something hidden in the bottom of the release…check it out here. He says that he is now going to look in to public financing of stadiums.
Excuse me Mr. Specter, while I admire your fight against cancer and the way that you managed the Supreme Court confirmation hearings, you are now showing your true Washington bureaucratic ways. Essentially, I think this is why people hate politicians. They stick there nose in everything and it only costs us (taxpayers) money for their horse and pony show.
Why is this stupid you ask? More probable you are asking why should I care. Well, there is this little thing called the tenth amendment in the constitution. It essentially says that any power not expressly given to the federal government should be retained by the states. So, I re-read the Constitution…turns out that the power to control financing of stadiums isn’t in the Constitution. Funny, I always thought it was.
So why shouldn’t the Feds get involved? Because all of these stadium projects are publicly funded not because some politician slipped it into a bill at the last minute without a vote (as routinely happens in Washington), but because they went to a vote of the people and guess what the people said…Yeah we will pay. The people considered it a worthy investment and are paying for it themselves. If you want to debate whether money should be given to multi-millionaire business men who could probably afford to build the stadium themselves while we have others in poverty and a under funded education system…have it…the cities that have approved stadiums have had just that debate and said…heck with education…we want sports. Right or wrong, I’m not saying….but i am saying that the Feds should stay the heck away.
You see the Constitution wasn’t written by politicians to protect the government from people…It was written by level headed guys with names like Ben and Thomas, and a John or two. They wrote it and offered it to the people for approval…It is the people’s document…not the government’s. It was written to protect the people from the government. It gives the people power…not Washington.
So, now why was Specter so interested in Spygate anyway..I promised i would tell…You see, the NFL Network and Comcast are in a big legal battle..Comcast is trying to stick the NFL Network on a tier or where subscribers would have to pay extra to get it. NFL says..not so fast as they want their fans to have it. (and they want the money from the network being available to more subscribers). So anyway, they are at odds.
So all of this calling the NFL on the proverbial carpet is going on while this legal dispute goes on…well, guess who is the largest contributor to Sen. Specter’s campaign…..ding ding ding COMCAST!!! 153,000 to date through its Political Action Committees. Surely, a politician wouldn’t have a conflict of interest?? NOOOOOOOOOOO
Anyway, just what’s on my mind right now