FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
All eyes on Capitol Hill were trained on baseball great Roger Clemens today as he denied using steroids.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, along with much of the national media, remained transfixed for hours while the award-winning pitcher insisted he never took steroids or human growth hormone.
If that's true, it's hard to explain an affidavit from Clemens' former teammate and friend Andy Pettitte, who says Clemens admitted to him as long as 10 years ago that he used HGH. Also, Clemens' former trainer Brian McNamee testified in those same hearings today that he injected the player 16 to 21 times with steroids and HGH between 1998 and 2001.
Let's see, we have the subprime mess, the housing crisis, a possible recession, the war in Iraq, health care, Social Security, terrorism and this is what takes up our time – worrying about whether Roger Clemens used steroids a decade ago?
It's good to see we have our priorities in order. A daytime made-for-tv dog and pony show put on by a bunch of irrelevant old congresspeople so they can get their faces on television. It's no wonder a guy like Barack Obama is gaining traction.
Here’s my question to you: Does Congress have better things to do than worry about whether Roger Clemens used steroids 10 years ago?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Michelle from New York writes:
I think it is incredibly sad that people are worrying about where they will live if they can't make the mortgage payments, or how they will feed their family… while Congress, once again, is wasting taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars on whether or not Roger Clemens used steroids 10 years ago. Maybe we should take their salaries that they are wasting and feed families or make mortgage payments for some unfortunate good people.
Bill in Wisconsin writes:
What happened today in Congress is truly absurd, and I could not improve on your characterization except to say that the Oversight Committee really made itself look foolish today. It is a real tragedy and a very scary sign that Waxman and company are spending this much political capital and destroying any thought of their credibility when they should be looking into allegations of high crimes and misdemeanors on the part of the current executive branch.
Thank you, Jack. I have steam coming from my ears. Both my sons are in rotation to Iraq for a balmy Baghdad summer and these clowns are discussing baseball and steroids. Would a line drive upside the head get them to focus on real problems?
This is a hideous display of what our priorities are and I'm not just talking about Congress. This trash appears to be what the American public is interested in. Talk to practically any American and they can tell you more about Britney Spears, Heath Ledger, Natalie Holloway, etc., than they can tell you about where particular politicians stand on particular issues.
Steve from Palmerton, Pennsylvania writes:
Jack, I was hoping you would ask this question. It gives me the opportunity to say that I can’t imagine that any legislative body in the history of the world could have ever exhibited a more infuriating and boring waste of time than the U.S. Congress with these stupid steroid hearings. I will be deeply grateful to you if you would exploit every opportunity that presents itself to ridicule and humiliate them for it.