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Beverly143 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:45 AM
Yeah I never quite understood why our congress was holding hearings on who or who didn't use steroids. Seems like a waste of taxpayer money to me. Stupid is as stupid does and that explains our govt to a 'T'. The lottery is nothing more than a surtax on stupidity.
Steve1650 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 1:17 PM
Same reason they haul oil execs in front of the TV and ask them what their salary is. It makes the polticos look good in front of their constituents.
Texas Chris Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 1:59 PM
A smart oil exec would submit an FOIA on every congressman's finances and show up with that info in hand.

"How much did you make Mr. Oil Exec?"

"$384,573,398.45 less than you did Representative Maxine Waters."
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 12:41 PM
It is shutting down the Congress. It is a game of asking so many questions that innocent or guilty, the testifier will stumble and be open to perjury charges.

I like to bet on sports. Having a stake in the game, even if it's just five bucks, makes it more exciting. I also like playing poker. "Unacceptable!" say politicians in much of America. "Gambling sometimes leads to 'addiction,' destitute families!"

Well, it can.

So politicians ban it. It's why we no longer see a poker game in the back of bars. Half the states even ban poker between friends -- though they rarely enforce that.

After banning things, politicians' second favorite activity is granting special privileges to a few people who do those same things -- so big casinos flourish, and most...