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My immediate reaction to Tom Daschle withdrawing his nomination for head of US health was frustration.  I felt like media scrutiny in the US had forced the administration to eliminate the most qualified candidate.  Everybody seemed pretty excited about health care reform, and they had the perfect guy for the job.  Well, good.

But the more I think about it…. taxes?  You didn’t pay your taxes?  Whatever the figure was (I think it was around a whopping $128,000), it was owed “over a period of years”.  I have to believe as a government employee taxes is a topic that comes up on occasion.  And, you know you need to have them square if you hope to achieve higher office.  Both Daschle and Geithner, when made aware of their tax debts, just paid the balance off like it was a late cell phone bill.  It drives me nuts that the US could possibly have a less successful health policy because 1 guy is smart enough to make the right changes, yet dumb enough to try to shirk tax payments.  Straighten up.

While I’m stringing people up for being fools, let’s hang Clemens.  Roger Clemens at age 40 looked like a billboard throwing a golf ball.  Okay, you did steroids, fine.  Everything about his career was hall-of-fame, and so he was placed on the appropriate pedestal.  When he sat at home and watched Sammy “Rosetta Stone”  Sosa and Pierre Mark McGuire forget English and commit perjury respectively, he must have been just. so. happy. it wasn’t him.  So when things unfolded for him, you would think he’d have learned something.

Roger was too attached to his stats and fame to place his future and family first.  Had he just come out and said “I did steroids” when this all started, he would have faced minor punishment, and a tarnished image.  Hell, when Clemens started doing the drugs there wasn’t a policy in baseball against it, who could blame him for keeping up with the (Chipper) Jonses? 

Now Roger Clemens has commited perjury too, and could potentially see jail time.  His family must really appreciate his priorities.  It’s embarrassing watching a legend lie, like a child caught crayon-in-hand against the wall saying they didn’t do it.  And sidenote: what kind of life were these guys living?  Their wives were comparing implants at a party?  Nothing like a dose of reality when that reality is 1 hour sunshine time once a day.  At least he’s really strong.

On the sports theme, I intend to write an article about my time at Islanders main camp some day.  From my experiences, the players who have achieved actual success in the NHL are ones who are the least prone to point out their talents.  Older players like Bill Guerin and Doug Weight may be a constant topic of forum debate for fans (are they worth the money), but the quick answer is that they’ve earned it.  Bill Guerin is your old-school, ultra classy player, who commands respect and gives it back.  The Islanders are heavy on super-young talent, and having a guy like Guerin there to teach them, if nothing else, is worth his salary and more.

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4 Responses to “Simply Opinions”
  1. Neil C. says:

    It was brutal watching Clemens lie his way through press conferences that his own people were calling (feel free to pull this guy out of the spotlight any time you’re ready). It’s funny how (most) people know what the right thing is when they are raising their kids but when it’s them on the spot the moral compass gets a little cloudy…

  2. jtbourne says:

    For sure, Sosa had the right idea Roger, try that amendment about not having to say shit. The worst part is, his life wouldn’t have been a joke had he admitted it, lots of players have. Tarnished, but he could still drive one of his cars to whatever golf course he was playing at that day. I’d have probably denied it til someone mentioned “federal” and I’d have shown them receipts for the drugs.

  3. teknics says:

    Justin,

    There is one reason why I don’t follow my country’s government too closely – politics. No matter who is voted for, who votes or which candidate is picked, it is the same stuff over and over again.

    Who’s corrupt, who was paid off in the process of finding the corrupt individual (gee…that’s an interesting line of corruption) and who is seeing the hottest call girl these days are things I really don’t want to hear in the same sentence, or even paragraph as the US Government.

    The economy is a joke, immigration is basically a shrouded open door policy that needs to be fixed – all those monies in taxes are flying out the open door. While I support the troops (family and friends overseas) it’s time to start bringing that money BACK this way where it needs to be.

    Before we get too in depth about US or Canadian policy – why am I hearing a hockey player speak as if he is thinking about walking away from the game? You are too young to reflect on what you have not accomplished in your young career and should be focused instead on what you need to do to get yourself back to where you want to be.

    I know things are tough right now – I can tell you have the strength and the level head it takes to make it.

    I’ve been spoiled the past season and a half being around professional athletes on a regular basis. In a small way it helps me feel like I’m living out my dream. It’s even better when I run into Eric Nystrom and Rob Scuderi now that they are NHL regulars – I played against both of them in High School.

    The whole lifestyle is surreal to me – and part of me envies anyone who gets to play at any professional level – bus rides or private jets…..

    Chin up dude.

    Mike

  4. Neil C. says:

    hear hear!

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