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Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 8:59 p.m.
 

More than a few astute thinkers of the Fourth Estate are reminding that gun control-advocating sportscaster/commentator Bob Costas benefits from well-armed NFL security folks. ... There will be no fewer than 35 post-season college football bowl games this year, most of which nobody cares about and are staged to serve as cash cows for colleges and universities with decidedly mediocre records. To wit, 10 bowl-bound teams have impressive (ahem) records of 6-6 (including Pitt) and one, Georgia Tech, even has a losing record of 6-7. Bowl games should be for the best of the best, not a mess of the rest. ... University of Maryland economics professor Peter Morici pines for a less costly European health care model (think of the Germans and the Dutch) because they “more aggressively regulate prices, better ration care and spend less on lawsuits.” Or perhaps put another way, the price caps create service scarcity that kills people and leaves survivors with no recourse. Other than that, it's a great idea, Professor. ... Here's another not-so-great idea, courtesy of The Philadelphia Inquirer editorialists: They're urging New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to raise the Garden State's minimum wage to $8.50, with automatic cost-of-living increases. The Inquirer “argues” (and we use the term loosely) that the government diktat would “help New Jersey's working poor.” By reducing the number of entry-level jobs? A similar proposal in neighboring New York is projected to kill 22,000 jobs. Are these “progressives” brilliant or what?!

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