Boy Wonder’s Golden Parachute

Lance Armstrong was untouchable in the cycling world. His name is, in fact, the only cyclist’s that I am personally aware of. In the last few days, this “God” has become the next in a long line of poster boys for doping in professional sports. I could go on and on about the way our society clings to hero worship and almost begs for this kind of thing to happen. I could bring up the fact that the Livestrong foundation has publicly distanced themselves from Armstrong (a founding member). But these are not really what interest me about this story.

What does catch my attention is the very prominent sponsor that is now considering suing Armstrong for fraud. Defrauding a government agency to be exact, because the disgraced cyclist’s sugar daddy was none other than the US Postal Service. If the Postal service was a corporation that decided to give Armstrong’s cycling team close to $35 million dollars in sponsorship money, this would of course, never be an issue. So this clearly begs the question: Why is the federal government spending tax-payer money to pay professional athletes? Also, is this the same agency that is on the verge of bankruptcy and constantly asking for more money and to raise the cost of stamps?

I am not, by any means, naive to the fact that our government is full of scandal. I suppose the reason why I am most disturbed by this story is because our country is in trouble. Words like debt ceiling and recession and inflation are thrown around every day, and this is how our government agencies are conducting business? But please, let’s nitpick every cent spent on the needy and the elderly and our Veterans. Never mind the fact that the elderly have paid into Social Security (which has become little more than a Ponzi scheme) and that our Veterans pay with their mental health and their limbs (and even their lives) and that the poor have nothing to give. When are the people going to stand up for themselves and demand real change? Maybe I am too worked up to see this clearly…any thoughts?

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Boy Wonder’s Golden Parachute

Lance Armstrong was untouchable in the cycling world. His name is, in fact, the only cyclist’s that I am personally aware of. In the last few days, this “God” has become the next in a long line of poster boys for doping in professional sports. I could go on and on about the way our society clings to hero worship and almost begs for this kind of thing to happen. I could bring up the fact that the Livestrong foundation has publicly distanced themselves from Armstrong (a founding member). But these are not really what interest me about this story.

What does catch my attention is the very prominent sponsor that is now considering suing Armstrong for fraud. Defrauding a government agency to be exact, because the disgraced cyclist’s sugar daddy was none other than the US Postal Service. If the Postal service was a corporation that decided to give Armstrong’s cycling team close to $35 million dollars in sponsorship money, this would of course, never be an issue. So this clearly begs the question: Why is the federal government spending tax-payer money to pay professional athletes? Also, is this the same agency that is on the verge of bankruptcy and constantly asking for more money and to raise the cost of stamps?

I am not, by any means, naive to the fact that our government is full of scandal. I suppose the reason why I am most disturbed by this story is because our country is in trouble. Words like debt ceiling and recession and inflation are thrown around every day, and this is how our government agencies are conducting business? But please, let’s nitpick every cent spent on the needy and the elderly and our Veterans. Never mind the fact that the elderly have paid into Social Security (which has become little more than a Ponzi scheme) and that our Veterans pay with their mental health and their limbs (and even their lives) and that the poor have nothing to give. When are the people going to stand up for themselves and demand real change? Maybe I am too worked up to see this clearly…any thoughts?

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