Recently, in Life with Lynnie (LwL), I've been writing about our Canadian government doing away with the cent, or penny. And, about the fact, that this change in our currency, is only the beginning.
As I've mentioned, I don't believe this was a good plan for business.
Nor, do I believe that who really pays our government costs will benefit, by this change. We, the taxpayers.
I realize that there are some retailers who are trying to use their plan of not rounding up to the next nickel. I believe this will be done as a marketing technique to encourage buyers to shop there. And, all I can say is... Hurray! Good for you! May God bless you!
Will this be a permanent change to how they operate business? Only God knows. It may be. Or, it may only last until the public has adjusted to the new currency situation.
One thing I feel I need to mention is that the people/taxpayers who will be hurt most by this change and future proposed changes, will be those surviving on low incomes.
The unemployed. Those working at low-paying jobs. Those on disability pensions. Seniors on low fixed incomes. And, any other group that you can think of, who have to survive with little money to support themselves with, will suffer.
As I mentioned yesterday, a couple cents here or there doesn't sound like much. But, when you take into account how many transactions this could happen with, it could add up to be more than what a low income survivor can deal with.
Especially, those who are having to utilize food banks, because money is so tight.
What makes our government think that a shopper who is tight for money, won't have to walk away from a transaction, being a cent or two (2) short? Don't think it will happen? I beg to differ.
Even a couple of weeks ago, I was one (1) cent short on a purchase. The store made me break another bill, just to complete the purchase.
Of course, the middle or upper class income earners here in Canada, won't be affected much. It won't seem like anything at all to them. Only to those who need every penny they can get.
Sigh... This reminds me of what God's Word, the Bible, tells us. In both Matthew and John, in the New Testament, Jesus told us that we will have the poor with us always.
Some people don't even consider the consequences of decisions, concerning the poor. But, God did.
In the books of Mark and in Matthew, God spoke to us so we could know what He would have us do. Here's Mark 9:41, "For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward."
That's right. We don't need to only do great and marvelous things to be rewarded by God. He looks at our hearts, when we belong to Him.
And, we who belong to Him, will either receive rewards, or lose them, based upon how we treat others.
It breaks my heart to see that our government has been so unkind to those who will be hurt the most.
Of course, there's nothing I can do to change things. Especially since this problem will not end with the cent/penny. Soon, it will also happen with the nickel, as our elected officials have promised. And, even more will suffer.
But, I can and will pray. Not just for those who will be hurt by our currency changes. But also, for those who have made these hurtful decisions.
Hopefully, you will join me in prayer.
Until next time...
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