Instead of getting rid of the danged pennies, Obama just wants to make them cheaper. How do you make a coin cheaper when it costs 2.4 cents to make pseudo copper pocket filler. Be honest. The raw material is not the big cost of making the penny. How about the labor costs with pensions and health insurance. There are lots of other costs. However, since this is a government entity, the costs do not have property taxes and all that other overhead that any private business would deal with.
Once again. How about getting the penny out of circulation. Charge card transactions will be charged to the penny. Any cash transaction is rounded up or down.
For those who cannot figure this out or math may be a problem. Here is how it works.
- .x1 and .x2 are rounded down to .x0
- .x3 and .x4 are rounded up to .x5
- .x6 and .x7 are rounded down to .x5
- .x8 and .x9 are rounded up to the next dime (x+1)
Long time ago in Denver (the 70s) there was a restaurant bar that rounded to the nearest nickel. I always applauded their efforts. However, it never did catch on. Over the years, I have found the rare business that rounds to the nearest nickel. But it is rare. I always thank them for that.
If you are in line at the cash register behind me, you will be the recipient of the pennies if the change for my purchase includes pennies. No matter how many.
** Previous blog posts encouraging no more pennies: