You’re likely to hear me say many more bad things than good about the people who make up the Republican party. Notwithstanding that fact, I do believe that our nation is stronger with two healthy parties arguing over the issues than it is under one health party and a loony bin (the latter being today’s GOP).
That’s why I’m encouraged by this legislation, introduced by Republican Joe Barton of Texas, which reminds us that there are plenty of intelligent positions that cross party lines. Barton’s bill would “prohibit, as an unfair and deceptive act or practice, the promotion, marketing, and advertising of any post-season NCAA Division I football game as a national championship game unless such game is the culmination of a fair and equitable playoff system.”
I would also suggest (in an almost but not quite serious way) that this is inherently progressive legislation—it offers incentives intended to achieve a policy-based realignment of the status quo without unduly limiting the freedom of the NCAA to hold on to the antiquated, fiction-based Bowl Championship System if it wants to.
Thank you, Representative Barton, for showing us the way. Now, let’s talk about climate change.