Steroid Testing Boondoggle

David Dewhurst should be run out of town on a rail after this fiasco:

“I pushed this important legislation through the Legislature because I knew it would deter our young people from wrecking their bodies and putting their lives at risk by using illegal steroids,” Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said in Tuesday’s editions of the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.

statesman.com

3 million dollars later, and we have nothing to show for it. Two positives out of 10,000 tests administered. That’s a statistical equivalent of ZERO athletes on steroids in Texas. Never mind that if I wanted to do steroids as an athlete, I’d be sure that it was documented that I had sinus allergies; the treatment for which is generally steroids. Whatever. Jeff Ward repeats “The Largest Steriod Testing Program in the Nation” like a mantra, almost daily. Drug testing is an invasion of privacy. If you want to test your own children, knock yourselves out. Leave my children alone.

…and fire David Dewhurst. Even if you think testing is OK, how is this program not a complete waste of funds?


On a related note, our children are getting fatter:

“Our children’s health is in jeopardy,” said state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville. “We cannot allow an entire generation of Texans to grow up and live a shorter life than previous generations.”

chron.com

Maybe we should stop discouraging them from engaging in extra-curricular activities. Discouragement like testing them for drugs if they want to play sports, for example. Or maybe you should just turn off the TV and take the kid for a walk. When a Representative of the State mentions children and jeopardy, watch your wallets. There’s going to be additional theft-by-taxes proposed shortly following those words.

Postscript

Thank goodness we let them be shot by crazed gunmen instead of letting them live longer lives as fat people. Maybe we should take the real problems in our midst, rampant gun violence, more seriously than the other crap that we seem to be worried about.

The steroid testing program ended in 2015. Good riddance. Now if we could only get rid of the Republicans who run this state, we might have a chance.

Author: RAnthony

I'm a freethinking, unapologetic liberal. I'm a former CAD guru with an architectural fetish. I'm a happily married father. I'm also a disabled Meniere's sufferer.

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