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I have to admit that this has a certain appeal:

At this moment, Republicans in Congress need to examine which presents a more dire threat to the country:

• (A) A double-dip recession driven by the sequester and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, or

• (B) the public’s belief (verified through polling) that our giant debt, our ticking time bomb of entitlements, and our gargantuan government can be solved by “asking the richest Americans to pay a little bit more,” as Obama insists.

Option A is terrible, but Option B is the giant locked door blocking all of the real solutions.

So if we must have tax hikes, let the tax cuts for every income level expire and let everyone of every income level pay higher taxes. Destroy the illusion among so many voters that they can get all the government they want without paying more in taxes.

You know how they say an addict has to hit bottom, and realize that he’s there, before he can start to put his life back together again? I think that might apply here.

Just say no … I was going to say something about “your tax dollars at work,” but there’s something even more irritating than the wasting of the truly insignificant (to the feds) sum of $100,000.

It’s the idea that a government study, if enough earnest researchers just push all the right buttons, can fathom the depths of human relationships and thwart all destructive behavior:

The administration is funding a $100,000 study of pregnant and “at-risk” 14- to 17-year-old girls on probation in Houston, Texas, to determine ways to help them choose safer lifestyles and avoid pregnancy, including better “condom negotiation” tactics.

According to a press release, “One of the big issues for this population of adolescent girls is condom negotiation. They may have a boyfriend who says it isn’t cool to use a condom. To prepare the girls for these types of situations, the counselors and pediatricians will teach them how to negotiate condom use with their partner.”

I’d love to read the government-approved script the girl reads from during this “condom negotiation” to convince the boy that using a condom really is cool. I’m sure their hormones will cool down while the debate proceeds.

I think something about old dogs and new tricks might apply.

Not so grande … I’m a serious caffeine addict from way back, but this is just silly: Starbucks Corp. has started selling a specialty coffee that costs $7 for a 16-ounce grande cup, making it the company’s priciest brew, as customers demand more premium products. The coffee is made from a rare, difficult-to-grow varietal called Geisha.

On the other hand, shares of the company’s stock are up 9.1 percent this year so far, so what do I know? Guess we haven’t run out of self-indulgent idiots who “demand more premium products.”

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