Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Autographs and stupid legislators 

The Rhode Island State Senate is crying, "Think of the children!!!"

And thus, several senators have introduced a bill prohibiting any athlete, entertainer, or their representatives from charging anyone 16 or under for an autograph.

Stupid demogoguery, masquerading as protecting the innocence of America's youth.

Some choice excerpts from the article:

"I don’t care what they do, they shouldn’t charge kids," said Woonsocket Sen. Roger Badeau, who becomes visibly agitated when the subject is brought up.

Do you think he gets "visibly agitated" when the subject of public schools, or roads, or anything else the state is supposed to be dealing with is brought up?

Pawtucket Sen. John F. McBurney, a co-sponsor of the bill, agreed.

"I don’t think Manny Ramirez’ signature on anything is worth $175," McBurney said. "It’s price-gouging. They are taking advantage of people who can’t afford it."

Well, Senator, if they can't afford it, they shouldn't pay the money for the autograph. They can go to Fenway Park and hang out there before the game, begging for autographs like kids always used to do. The Senator might also want to go learn what "price-gouging" really is...providing a non-necessity at a price that many folks are apparently willing to pay isn't it.

How about the kid who, by virtue of the new law, gets a free Manny Ramirez autograph, runs home and puts it on eBay for the highest bidder?

McBurney doesn’t think it would happen, not often anyway.

"Not my children, that’s for sure," he said. "Maybe I’m behind the times, but I don’t see that as a big problem."

What a joke. I can't believe that the Rhode Island Legislature is actually fooling with this.

Or, for that matter, that baseball news is so slow this is actually the most interesting thing of the day...

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