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Basic Biittner : A scary quiz

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

There has been a lot of negative publicity in recent years concerning the off-field activities of some of the athletes who play in the National Football League and National Football League. In fact, some days the national sports news is not about sports at all. It's about assaults, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, car theft, you name it.

I received this e-mail the other day, which I found kind of amusing, yet disconcerting at the same time. See what you think.

Is It the NBA or NFL?

36 members have been accused of spousal abuse; seven have been arrested for fraud;

19 have been accused of writing bad checks; 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least two businesses; three have done time for assault ; 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit ; 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges; eight have been arrested for shoplifting; 21 currently are defendants in lawsuits, and 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year.

Can you guess which organization this is?

A: Neither. The organization is the United States House of Representatives -

the same group who crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.

To be honest, I don't know if the numbers mentioned above are entirely accurate. They may well be, but the fact that I think that they may be is a little scary.

If they are indeed accurate, or perhaps even understated, that indeed is bad news. It seems like our representatives are living examples of the old line, "Do as I say, not as I do."

If President Obama is indeed serious about "changing things" in Congress, I pray he gets started soon, and does whatever he can to get these people out of office. The great thing about this wonderful country of ours is that, even if President Obama can't get this done, you and I can cast our votes again in November 2010, and throw all 435 members out, if we so choose. It's up to us. We have about a year to collect the names and facts behind these disturbing statistics.

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner