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Monday, June 27, 2005

As Long as we're focusing on whats important!

I can't believe our Congressional representatives actually have time to worry about stuff like this (disclaimer, you need subscription service to get to Roll Call, so the link is to a blog entry linking to the original story).

One of the groups interesting in buying the Nationals baseball team from MLB has a certain liberal investor who is making Republicans very angry.

[T]he very prospect that Soros could have a stake in the team is enough to
irritate Congressional Republicans.
"I think Major League Baseball
understands the stakes," said Government Reform Chairman Tom Davis (R), the
Northern Virginia lawmaker who recently convened high-profile steroid hearings.
"I don't think they want to get involved in a political fight."
Davis, whose
panel also oversees District of Columbia issues, said that if a Soros sale went
through, "I don't think it's the Nats that get hurt.
I think it's Major
League Baseball that gets hurt. They enjoy all sorts of exemptions" from
anti-trust laws.

Indeed, Hill Republicans could potentially make
life difficult for MLB in a variety of ways. In addition to being exempt from
anti-trust rules, baseball is still under scrutiny over the steroid issue. The
Nats, meanwhile, hope to have a publicly-funded stadium built soon, though money
for that venture is expected to come through the sale of bonds rather than a
federal outlay.
Still, Rep. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.), vice chairman of the
Appropriations subcommittee that covers the District of Columbia budget, said if
Soros buys the team and seeks public funding for the new stadium or anything else, the GOP attitude would be, "Let him pay for it."

Its a baseball team. It is not vital to national security, domestic agenda items, foreign policy or anything that remotely resembles business that should be taken up in Congress. Focus people, we have lot we need to be focused on right now.


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