For the Kids?

Today, members of the Government Reform Committee are fretting about the state of Major League Baseball, claiming they are concerned about the implications on the health and well-being of America’s children.

Maybe Congress really is concerned about the welfare of children, but there isn’t much evidence to back it up. There hasn’t been any legislation addressing the 13 million kids who go hungry every year. Wal-Mart is violating child labor laws, but there is no indication that H. Lee Scott will be subpoenaed to come in and defend his company’s practices. And, if the leadership in Congress gets their way, 90,000 students will lose their money for college through the proposed cuts in Pell Grants.

But apparently, Committee Chairman Tom Davis is more concerned that “[k]ids aren’t just talking about their favorite teams’ chances in the pennant race. They are talking about which pro players are on the juice.”