New Lincoln Pennies

Next year, the design on the US penny will change for the first time in 50 years. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the US Mint will replace the Lincoln Memorial on the back to four different scenes from Lincoln's life. The first pennies will be released on February 12th, 2009 (Licoln's actual birthday) and feature the log cabin where he was born in Kentucky. The other designs will be introduced in three-month intervals. Link -via Geek Like Me

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Just think of all the coins that are going to be collected. y ou have the state quarters gold presidentual dollar coins new penny designs.None go into circulation so the government makes big bucks.
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Get rid of pennies already. Getting rid of them would only affect cash transactions which is becoming far less common today.

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Nothing is $1.99. It is $1.99 + tax. So for me that $1.99 is really $2.13. Without pennies it would be $2.15 which I could really care less. I wouldnt be using cash anyways so it would really be $2.13 for me.
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"If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union"

"My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia,—to their own native land."

"I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races - that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And in as much as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."

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Lincolns primary concern was smashing independent state power and affirming the supremacy of the Federal state. Indeed, he was no true friend of black people, and only freed the slaves to keep the European powers from coming to the aid of the Confederacy, and for other purely political reasons.

Before 1860, it was assumed that the union was voluntary - all states were there as independent entities acting of their own volition. There is a reason that "united States of America" had that capitalization in the declaration of independence. Lincoln forever smashed this and put the southern states under the yoke of industrialists in Washington D.C. The true cause of the war was not about slavery, but about money, as all wars usually are. Specifically, it was started after the ports in South Carolina started accepted shipping with radically lower tariffs, trying to lure the merchant trade from NYC and Boston. The slavery was the moral issue used to cover up the true financial motives - in a way similar to the "culture wars" of today.

Without Abraham Lincoln there would be no George W. Bush. Idolize him at your own peril.
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