Friday, February 15, 2008

Challenging record low approval ratings

Art DeVany has a nice post on the House grilling of Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee. What is it of Congress's business? The post mentions baseball's anti-trust exemption. This evokes Fred McChesney's classic Money for Nothing: Politicians, Rent Extraction and Political Extortion, which is applies to most of politics as we know it.

The gerrymandered gasbags know how to wield power and how to get TV time: wag fingers at a baseball icon.

But it's even weirder. The LA Times' Christine Daniels writes about how Representatives from the two parties were choosing sides. The Dems go after Clemens (the rich guy) while the Reps go after his accuser (the "working stiff"). Together, they present a spectacle. Having recently achieved record low approval ratings, they are never satisfied.

A good friend reminds me why he never votes. "It only encourages them."