They can’t get the budget and appropriations bills passed on time, but they seem to have time for this bovine feces!
Four U.S. senators and health officials from the cities hosting the World Series are urging the baseball players union to agree to a ban on chewing tobacco at games and on camera.
The senators, including No. 2 Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, and health officials from St. Louis and Arlington, Texas, made the pleas in separate letters, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals begins in St. Louis Wednesday night.
‘When players use smokeless tobacco, they endanger not only their own health, but also the health of millions of children who follow their example,” the senators wrote to union head Michael Weiner. In addition to Durbin, the signers were fellow Democrats Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Senate health committee chairman of Tom Harkin of Iowa.
The senators noted that millions of people will tune in to watch the series, including children.
”Unfortunately, as these young fans root for their favorite team and players, they also will watch their on-field heroes use smokeless tobacco products,” they wrote. Smokeless tobacco includes chewing tobacco and dip.
More at the link. But if we use their logic, why can’t they ban parents from using tobacco, because, after all, parents are the number one influence on their children.
Now, I’m absolutely certain that Senators Durbin, Harkin, Blumenthal and Lautenberg have only the best in mind, are only trying to do something for the good of us all. I completely agree that tobacco use is both stupid and harmful to your health.
But at some point the Congress has to just plain butt out of people’s lives, and stop trying to micromanage the things we do and see and hear. If someone who is of legal age smokes cigarettes or chews tobacco, it’s just plain none of the government’s fornicating business.