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Government to Charge Lance Armstrong With ‘Doping’

Why on earth should we be spending money on trying to say “gotcha!” to a guy who wore spandex for a living?

Somehow, someway, the government of the United States of America is extremely concerned that a guy on a bicycle used steroids so he could win a race in another country.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (yes, that’s a thing) has been investigating Lance Armstrong, the seven time Tour de France champ, for taking illegal substances.

Keep in mind, these are not criminal charges. If “found guilty,” Armstrong would retroactively be disqualified from the races he competed in, and banned from future competitions.

I just have one simple question … who cares?!

The American people have already been robbed of millions upon millions investigating steroid use in baseball and trying to catch Roger Clemens in the act of perjury, all with the predictable government standard of incompetence.

Why on earth should we be spending more money on trying to say “gotcha!” to a guy who wore spandex for a living?

Add the United States Ant-Doping Agency to the list of things that should be immediately cut from the budget. This is nothing short of infuriating.

In a statement, Mr. Armstrong said, “I have been notified that USADA, an organization largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules, intends to again dredge up discredited allegations dating back more than 16 years to prevent me from competing as a triathlete and try and strip me of the seven Tour de France victories I earned.”—Wall Street Journal


  1. D.M. Zuniga, P.E.

    Meh…that’s nothing. Here’s a *partial* list of other illegal (i.e., nowhere authorized in the Constitution) things paid for by Congress skimming your payroll checks:

    -U.S. Department of Education
    -U.S. Department of Energy
    -U.S. Department of Agriculture
    -U.S. Social Security Administration
    -Medicare
    -Medicaid
    -Federal Emergency Management Agency
    -Federal Housing Administration
    -U.S. Department of Urban Development
    -Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    -FMAC “Freddy Mac”
    -FNMA “Fannie Mae”
    -Administration on Aging
    -U.S. Job Corps
    -Administration for Children and Families
    -Administration on Developmental Disabilities
    -Administration for Native Americans
    -Children’s Bureau
    -Family and Youth Services Bureau
    -Head Start Bureau
    -Healthy Marriage Initiative
    -Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
    -Office of Child Support Enforcement
    -Office of Community Services Block Grant
    -Office of Family Assistance
    -Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
    -Office of Refugee Resettlement
    -President’s Cmte. for People w/ Intellectual Disabilities
    -Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    -Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    -Health Resources and Services Administration
    -Indian Health Service
    -National Institutes of Health
    -Office for Civil Rights
    -Office of Minority Health
    -Program Support Center
    -Substance Abuse & Mental Health Svcs. Admin.
    -Ofc. of the Nat’l Coordinator for Health Info. Technology
    -Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
    -Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board
    -Employment Standards Administration
    -Office of Labor-Management Standards
    -Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs
    -Wage and Hour Division
    -Employment and Training Administration
    -Employee Benefits Security Administration
    -Women’s Bureau
    -Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
    -Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
    -Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
    -Internet Access and Training Program
    -Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
    -Bureau of Human Resources
    -Bureau of Information Resource Management
    -Bureau of Intelligence and Research
    -Bureau for Int’l Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs
    -Bureau of Int’l Organization Affairs
    -Bureau of Int’l Security and Nonproliferation
    -Bureau of Legislative Affairs
    -Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
    -Bureau of Oceans & Int’l Environmental & Scientific Affairs
    -Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
    -Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
    -Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
    -Bureau of Public Affairs
    -Bureau of Resource Management
    -Bureau of South Asian Affairs
    -Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation
    -Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
    -Counterterrorism Office
    -National Foreign Affairs Training Center
    -Office of International Information Programs
    -Office of the Legal Adviser
    -Office of Management Policy
    -Office of Protocol
    -Office of the Science and Technology Adviser
    -Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
    -Office of War Crimes Issues
    -Community Development Financial Institution Fund
    -National Health and Insurance System
    -African Development Foundation
    -Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
    -Agency for International Development (USAID)
    -American Battle Monuments Commission
    -Appalachian Regional Commission
    -U.S. Arctic Research Commission
    -U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
    -Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
    -Corporation for National & Community Service
    -Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
    -Delaware River Basin Commission
    -Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    -Export-Import Bank of the United States
    -Farm Credit Administration
    -Federal Communications Commission
    -Federal Election Commission
    -Federal Maritime Commission
    -Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission
    -Federal Reserve System (private cartel; fraudulent label)
    -Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
    -Federal Trade Commission
    -Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States
    -General Services Administration
    -Institute of Museum and Library Services
    -Inter-American Foundation
    -International Trade Commission
    -Learn and Serve America
    -National Capital Planning Commission
    -National Credit Union Administration
    -National Endowment for the Humanities
    -National Ice Center
    -National Labor Relations Board
    -National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)
    -National Science Foundation
    -National Transportation Research Center
    -Office of Government Ethics
    -Office of Personnel Management
    -Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
    -Selective Service System
    -Senior Corps
    -Small Business Administration
    -Susquehanna River Basin Commission
    -Tennessee Valley Authority
    -United States Trade and Development Agency
    -Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
    -Administrative Committee of the Federal Register
    -Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
    -Arctic Research Commission
    -Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Interagency Coordinating Committee
    -Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
    -Broadcasting Board of Governors
    -Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
    -Chief Acquisition Officers Council
    -Chief Financial Officers Council
    -Chief Human Capital Officers Council
    -Chief Information Officers Council
    -Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
    -Commission of Fine Arts
    -Commission on Int’l Religious Freedom
    -Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States
    -Comm.on Intelligence Capabilities of U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction
    -Comm. for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled
    -Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
    -Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States
    -Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
    -Denali Commission
    -U.S. Endangered Species Committee
    -Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
    -Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
    -Federal Financing Bank
    -Federal Geographic Data Committee
    -Federal Interagency Committee for Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds
    -Federal Interagency Committee on Education
    -Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy
    -Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer
    -Federal Library and Information Center Committee
    -Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
    -Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission
    -Indian Arts and Crafts Board
    -Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group
    -Interagency Council on Homelessness
    -Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
    -J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
    -James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
    -Japan-United States Friendship Commission
    -Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries
    -Joint Fire Science Program
    -U.S. Marine Mammal Commission
    -Migratory Bird Conservation Commission
    -Millennium Challenge Corporation
    -Mississippi River Commission
    -Morris K. Udall Foundation: Scholarship & Excellence in Environmental Policy
    -National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare
    -National Indian Gaming Commission
    -National Park Foundation
    -Northwest Power Planning Council
    -Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    -Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board
    -Presidio Trust
    -Regulatory Information Service Center
    -Social Security Advisory Board
    -Susquehanna River Basin Commission
    -Taxpayer Advocacy Panel
    -United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    -Veterans Day National Committee
    -Vietnam Educational Foundation
    -White House Commission on Presidential Scholars
    -White House Commission on National Moment of Remembrance
    -Car Allowance Rebate System (Cash for Clunkers)
    -Cash for Appliances Program
    -Bureau of the Public Debt
    -National Endowment for the Arts
    -National Wild Horse and Burro Program

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