OK, OK, ABOLISH THE PENNY ALREADY….I would very much like the government to abolish the penny. Why? Because then I would never again have to read a columnist boldly suggesting for the millionth time that we should abolish the penny.

(And the worst part ? even worse than the fact that this is being done on the most valuable op-ed real estate on the planet ? is that Safire says he wrote today’s column to “re-establish my contrarian credentials.” Does he truly think he’s the first person to ever suggest this?)