Archive for January, 2009

A thought for your pennies

Saturday, January 31st, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Bring them to Concord Teacakes on Lincoln’s Birthday and put them in the jar for Open Table, a food bank in Concord. 
I could have added this request as a comment to a previous posting but I came up with the title and needed an excuse to use it
Meanwhile, keep spreading the word about our voluntary ’rounding [...]

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My newest two cents worth: Proposed Penny Executive Order. Legislation probably not needed

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

All that is needed is an Executive Order: “Businesses which round down cash transactions to the nearest nickel may refuse to handle pennies.”

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Saving Money by Buillding Fee Transparency in Healthcare

Monday, January 26th, 2009 by arttaft

One way to significantly impact overall costs is to insist on ‘broker’ fee transparency. The brokers fees can be as high as 15% (they are often less) of the fees paid to the insurance company and are often not identified to the buying employer. Brokers have on occasion caused the buying employer to spend more [...]

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Tear Down This Mint, Mr President

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

It does not appear that allowing businesses which “round down” cash purchases to refuse to accept pennies even requires an Act of Congress.  It is part of what the Treasury Department is authorized to do under existing legislation.  Further there is no negative budget implication so there is no need for a review by the [...]

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Fundraising to fight ALS through Lou Gehrig #4 jersey sales

Thursday, January 15th, 2009 by Sandy

The author is my sister-in-law (I am widowed; she is talking about her late sister, my wife). She proposes that the Yankees sell Lou Gehrig’s #4 jerseys with proceeds going to ALS. When I saw that idea, I thought, the team must already be doing that, but no. They sell those jerseys the same way they sell their others. I recommend reading this posting to learn much more than you knew about Gehrig and his ALS, and then bombarding the Yankees with requests that they do exactly that. I can’t imagine they’ve made a conscious decision not to do this. I just think no one has suggested it to them.

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Pennies from Hell: How America is Being Crucified on a Cross of Zinc

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Pennies are a complete waste, a tax on consumers and retailers which raises nothing for the government. Yet the zinc lobby always defeats legislation to eliminate them. This post proposes a simple win-win change to current law which even the zinc lobby could not defeat: Allowing businesses which agree to “round down” to refuse to handle pennies. We are also proposing civil disobedience to get there. The civil disobedience would take the form of businesses doing exactly that until the law is changed.

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Maintaining the flow of philanthropy in this economy

Sunday, January 4th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

In this economy, the people who suffer the most are the ones who can least afford it, due to the steep decline in philanthropic human services contributions. There are two types of philanthropic human services contributions:
(1) Maintenance programs – shelters, food banks, etc. These programs are the “social safety net,” for which government [...]

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