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Now This Would Have Been a Nice Federal Budget Cut

I have nothing against Abraham Lincoln — quite admire him, in fact — but I do think the penny has long, long, long outlived its usefulness.
I have said this time and again and, having been woefully ineffective in bringing about its end, vowed to shut up about it.
But now comes word that, in honor of Lincoln’s birthday, the U.S. Mint has just released the first of four special commemorative pennies, each representing a different phase in Lincoln’s life.
Sure, this was a shovel-ready project before shovel-ready was cool, but honestly, is the penny what we need to be spending our dollars on?