Common Sense Lacking in Recent Events

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 10:28 AM

By Chris Freind

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It’s been another banner week for battering common sense, but what else is new? There was one bright spot, however, and that leads off our recap of recent events.
 
Tom Corbett’s NCAA Lawsuit Folly: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett acts more like Adam Sandler’s deer-in-the-headlights characters every day: slow, clueless, out to lunch. The only differences are that 1) people are laughing at Corbett, not with him, and 2) Sandler always wins at the end. In Tommy Boy’s case, the final scene is coming quickly, and there will be no contract renewal for a sequel.
 
The latest scene in "The Tom and Jerry (Sandusky) Show" was the common-sense court ruling (a no-brainer to everyone but Corbett) throwing out the governor’s baseless lawsuit against the NCAA for its Penn State sanctions. Corbett’s crass political move spectacularly backfired, further tanking his already basement-dwelling approval rating.
 
Were the sanctions an outrageous over-reach? Absolutely. But remember that Governor Corbett, as a Penn State Trustee, agreed to, and approved of, the sanctions. In an overt calculation to show he “cared” about Penn State, and to improve his abysmal approval rating, he sued the NCAA over those very same penalties.
 
And what are Corbett’s reviews? A Quinnipiac poll conducted before the court decision found that 60 percent think Corbett, as then-attorney general, mishandled the Sandusky investigation, which is why a whopping majority do not believe he deserves re-election.
 
Any guesses as to how his embarrassing NCAA-lawsuit thumping will affect those numbers? Single digits, here he comes!
 
Chrysler Rejecting Jeep Recall: This is just as disconcerting as the IRS and AP scandals. The government, via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is threatening a federal lawsuit against Chrysler if it doesn’t recall nearly three million Jeeps, alleging those vehicles’ gas tanks pose a safety issue in rear-end collisions.
 
Forget the fact that the government’s data is very sketchy (37 accidents and 51 deaths, for Jeeps going back as far as 1993).
 
The big issue is that the vehicles meet federal safety requirements, which the government does not contest! So if you accomplish everything you are mandated to do, meeting/exceeding all requirements, the government can still completely disregard that compliance on the whim of bureaucrats seeking a mega-power trip. And for the record, the NHTSA stated the Jeep’s gas tank design “may”, not “does,” pose a safety issue.
 
When a government is above the very law that it creates, everyone is at risk. Kudos to Chrysler for displaying rare guts.
 
Major League Baseball’s Insane Lawsuit: The meritless action of Major League Baseball regarding the latest steroid saga is downright foul.
 
Remember that baseball, and Commissioner Bud Selig in particular, has been the sporting world’s biggest hypocrites regarding banning steroids. For years, they officially condemned such substances while not lifting a finger to outlaw them, (doing so only several years ago), instead cashing in on players clearly “juicing.”
 
Now it wants to appear “tough,” but is vastly overstepping its bounds. In what should have no legal standing whatsoever, the league filed suit accusing Anthony Bosch, owner of Biogenesis, a now-closed anti-aging clinic, of “intentional and unjustified tortious interference" with contracts between MLB and its players by providing them with banned substances.
 
There are frivolous lawsuits, and then there is this.
 
How can Major League Baseball possibly have grounds to sue a private individual for interfering with the contracts of players?
 
What’s next? Will baseball sue the Netherlands if players smoke pot in Amsterdam, which, while legal there, would undoubtedly be interfering with player contracts here?
 
Stay tuned, as this subject will be revisited.
 
Christie’s special election: taxpayer friendly? New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has always fashioned himself a taxpayer advocate by eliminating wasteful spending. He has done a fantastic job, making his latest action troubling.
 
Upon the death of Senator Lautenberg, Christie scheduled a special election a month before the general, in which he is running for re-election.
 
Statewide elections cost millions, so why not save that dough and have the special election on the same date as the general? Common sense, it would seem.
 
The real reason is that Christie does not want to share the ballot with Cory Booker, the popular mayor of Newark who will undoubtedly be the Democratic candidate for Senate. It’s not that Christie is in danger, as he is popular with a stellar track record. (Anyone listening in Pennsylvania? Anyone?) But a large re-election margin would help him in 2016 infinitely more than edging out a lesser opponent.
 
In most places, this would backfire. But Christie is Christie, and New Jerseyans won’t even bat an eye. So while Christie will get a free pass, it is nonetheless disappointing to see a blatant compromise of political principles for such an openly political reason.
 
We can only hope that’s where Christie’s slippery slope ends.
 
Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.
 
 
 

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