Posts Tagged ‘pennies protest’

Idea #2: An ALS-, business- and consumer-friendly way to finally pitch the penny

Friday, March 16th, 2012 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Lots has been written about the recent report that pennies now cost 2.4 cents apiece to make.   The “solution” to this problem ?  The government is exploring the use of cheaper metals.   Washington dare not phase them out  altogether because to do so would invite protests that retailers would round up to the nearest nickel, [...]

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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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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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