Saturday, December 5, 2009


My Saturday breakfast was brightened a bit by a news item in the Wall Street Journal (“House Helps to Pick College Football No. 1”). It seems a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee found the time and the will this week to vote to force a national college football play-off. A full committee vote might take place as soon as next week. Finally!

The Congressional aim is to end the often bewildering, controversial and seemingly unfair system run by the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) by prohibiting it from advertising the January show-down as a “national championship” contest. In the past, President Obama has spoken out against this system which clearly favors the major athletic conferences. So has Sen. Orrin Hatch, whose home-state Utah Utes got passed over recently.

You have to hand it to the Congress. When they see an injustice, our elected representatives can put aside petty differences to act with impressive determination, alacrity, and bipartisanship. Currency manipulators, subsidized foreign producers, product adulturators, Ponzi schemers, and anyone else who dares to take advantage of innocent consumers and fair competitors had better watch out. Once the Congress gets this BCS mess straightened out, they too might themselves in the bull’s eye. It’s just a matter of time – and priorities.

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