Of all people, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is asking President Obama to get involved in college football.
"Hatch asked the president to launch a Justice Department investigation into the way the BCS crowns its national champion. "Mr. President, as you have publicly stated on multiple occasions, the BCS system is in dire need of reform," Hatch, R-Utah, wrote in a 10-page letter, obtained by the Associated Press. Hatch, who held a hearing on the BCS in July, told Obama that a "strong case" can be made that the BCS violates antitrust laws."
This is madness. I don't care how screwed up the BCS might be, the federal government has no business there. Many out there might not be aware, but the United States federal government does not have the constitutional authority to regulate every aspect of our lives. Over time, Congress, with a weak-kneed Supreme Court, has raped the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution to the point that they got to regulate a one-acre farm just because it might (with many other one-acre farms) impact interstate commerce. To have a Republican senator perpetuate that tyranny to private bowl committees is lunacy.
The US Government simply has no constitutional authority to dictate how a national college football champion should be picked. The argument is being made that because revenues from these bowl games are being hogged by the elite programs who perpetually and cyclically receive big money from participation in those bowls, that somehow there are anti-trust issues. However, bowl games are private activities where people/teams are invited to participate. Having the government get involved here is no less concerning than having the government get involved in determining which family members you have to invite from out-of-state to your Thanksgiving feast!
Senator Hatch. Do you really want the government that botched a cash-for-clunkers program running college football? Do you really want the government that is bankrupting social security and medicare running college football. The government that intends to run our health care? Is this what you want???
Senator Hatch is just bitter because one of his state schools has a decent team once in a while and won't get looked at for the National Championship. Is getting Utah a shot at the title really worth getting the government more involved in our lives? Everyone needs to think about the consequences of government involvement. As a lawyer, I deal enough with the government Monday through Friday, KEEP OUT OF MY SATURDAYS!!!