Blinders on his helmet

October 23, 2013 

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin visited Collinsville High School this week to share the news that concussions are bad. Not only that, we need federal legislation to regulate how schools handle concussions.

We think Durbin might have a tough time finding anyone in favor of concussions, which leads to our point: Can't he find anything more pressing on which he could spend his time?

The economy and jobs? The deficit? Immigration? Energy? Gun control? Health care?

Need we point out that he's the majority whip in the U.S. Senate? He's a top leader of our country. And he thinks the pressing issue of the day is to make a federal case out of concussions?

Durbin even said Illinois and Missouri are doing a good job handling student athletes and concussions, but there are some states that aren't. For them we need a nationwide call to action, another unfunded mandate on our schools and the threat of lost federal funding. We just wonder what brilliant legislative fix Durbin plans when he realizes some competitive kids will not admit they got knocked in the head so they aren't forced to sit out the rest of the game.

What really give us headaches is when government tries to fix every societal ill with a law. Politicians think you can fix stupid with the right bill, which is not only stupid in its own right but collectively these bills become a form of political ADHD.

Durbin needs to focus. You don't wash the windows while your house is burning -- unless you are a politician in need of a photo op.

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