Category: Politics

The Penny Plan

When the Penny first came about, its original value was still 1 cent and they still had the authentic bronze tone. The reason for the above-stated tone was because, well they were made of copper. When the latter metals became too expensive, the US switched over to 95% Zinc and 5% copper.

The reason I bring this to you today is because of the foregone conclusion I have made that pennies need to be abolished. A century or more ago, people would melt the pennies to sell the materials profit, because they cost more to make than their value. Even to this date, (February 22nd, 2017) pennies are still worth more to make than their street value in which they are used to buy goods and services.

According to a 2015 article by the “Coin News” the US printed just over 13.2 billion pennies in 2014. For the sake of over and under’s, let us put the approximate pennies made per year over the last decade at 10 billion. According to the Wall Street Journal in an article written by Jefferey Sparshot in December of 2016, it costs 1.5 cents to make a penny. That is an obvious uptake from how much they are worth.

Using our previous number of 10 billion, the United States spends about fifteen billion dollars on pennies per fiscal year, more than the actual value of the pennies they print. All of that money wasted.

Money was invited to make buying things easier, well they actually make things harder. Think about how many pennies you use and lose per day, the amount of excess time you waste counting them at registers and such. About 50 years ago you could actually purchase things with pennies, but thanks to good ol’ inflation, that is no longer such a thing. Vending machines do not take pennies, laundry machines do not, toll booths do not and neither do parking meters. So with the latter said, what are they useful for? Mathematically, it actually equates to you spending more money via time counting pennies than their value.

The next thing you might say is, what happens in exchanges that involve indivisible amounts. The solution is simple, round to the nearest 5 cents. If an item cost $19.97, round to $20.00. If an item costs $19.94, round to $19.90. Sometimes you may be on the short end of the stick, sometimes you might get lucky. It will even out eventually, but if you are really that fussed about the couple cents, having the extra money from abolishing the penny will allow the cutting of income taxes by about 0.03 %, so that is where you can recoup. Prices will not rise nor will charitable donations drop.

The United States has also gone through this before when they abolished the half cent. Everything turned out just fine, and when the half-cent was abolished, it actually had more buying power inflation adjusted than the modern dime.

Does Your Vote Really Matter Towards The U.S. Presidency?

*Original Post Date: November 8th 2016*

Every election year the following debate strikes, “Does Your Vote Really Matter”. With the increasing population in the US growing, the way voting works leaves many less political savvy people confused. To understand if your vote really matters, we must break everything down.

How Does The “Electoral College” Work?

The American citizens elect a new president every four years per-say, but it is not directly.

In the November of an election year, each U.S. state plus Washington D.C. holds an election for the president. All eligible citizens may vote unless you have committed a felony or are restricted because of something prior.

At a poll center, voters receive a ballot. They fill in who they would like to cast their vote for and submit it. Although the president isn’t the only thing to vote for, we will we just stick with that.

The outcome of the voting via citizens determines who the slate of electors, hence ‘electoral college’ will vote for in that state. The amount of electors a state has depends on the state’s population. The amount fluctuates every now and then, but as of 2016 California leads the way with 55. The majority of the time, the aforementioned electors vote for the person that was decided via popular vote, but sometimes not. If the latter were to happen, these are called “faithless electors”. Although they don’t happen often, if and when they do, they have little impact because it is still a two-thirds voting process.

So does it matter?

Even with the above stated, it is still hard to take in. Your vote still matters very dearly, but it really depends on where you are located on the map.

States that lean or are dominant to one party

I hate to put it like this, but bluntly, your vote really doesn’t matter. If you live in California and vote third party, republican or not at all, the Democratic party is still going to win Cali. The reason for this is because there is enough whole-hearted, dedicated Democrats that will go out there and vote in California, to the point where your vote means less.

The above is increasingly true in other states like Texas, New York, Mississippi, Alabama, and Illinois. So essentially, the majority of these states your vote does not really matter, but you still should exercise your right regardless.

Swing States

This is where the debates really happen and where everything really does matter. In states commonly referred to “battlegrounds” like Ohio, North Carolina, Nevada, and Iowa, every single vote matters. Because of the way to above electoral college works, every vote still matters because even just ONE more vote in that state could mean your candidate gets the electors he or she needs.

An example of this is the ever so commonly referred to 2000 election. Al Gore and George Bush headed into one of the tightest races in American history that night, and Al Gore came out on top — or did he? Al Gore won the popular vote by 500,000 votes in 2000, but Bush won the election. The reason for the latter is because Bush narrowly edged out Florida which awarded him 25 votes, which put him over Gore by 4.

The Answer

The answer is that it goes back to the famous saying of “Location, Location, Location”. It really just depends on where you are located.

So, if you haven’t learned anything from this article, just know this. Regardless of where you are located, or who you vote for, you might not see it but your vote still matters. Your vote matters because it is a given right by the Government so you should do everything in your power to exercise it.

I’m with both hers.

My personal viewing point is that if I could vote since I live in New York I would vote for Jill Stein. If I lived in a swing states I would progressively vote Hillary.