The Insanity of Liberalism
- Liberals once screamed "save the trees" and plastic shopping bags were introduced to replace paper bags.
- Now liberals scream "bring back the paper bag" and charge customers 10 cents per paper bag for what was once free of charge.
- And the mouth-breathing voters keep electing these clowns to office.
Since 2007, plastic shopping bags have been banned in nearly 100 municipalities in California, including Los Angeles, which at the start of this year became the largest city in the country to enforce such a ban.
Lawmakers in Sacramento are trying to make California the first state to approve a blanket ban on this most ubiquitous of consumer products.
“It has become increasingly clear to the public the environmental damage that single-use plastic bags have reaped,” said leftist fruitcake Alex Padilla, a state senator who is sponsoring legislation for a statewide ban. “This is the beginning of the phaseout of single-use plastic bags — period,” reports the New York Times.
Padilla’s measure would ban the bags at supermarkets, liquor stores and other locations where they have long been standbys. Paper bags and more robust, reusable plastic bags will be available for 10 cents, with the goal of forcing shoppers to remember their canvas bags.
Many consumers bristle at having to pay for a necessity that has always been free. “We’re already struggling,” Ms. Moya said as she waited in the rain for a taxi with her disintegrating paper bags, bought for 10 cents each. “Groceries cost enough money. Then I have to pay for bags?”
The plastics industry has worked furiously to tap into that frustration. So far, the industry — behind millions of dollars spent lobbying lawmakers — has managed to beat back efforts to pass statewide bans in California and a handful of other states.
Hilex Poly, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of plastic bags, single-handedly spent more than $1 million lobbying against a bill to ban plastic in California in 2010. That bill failed, as did another attempt in 2013. Hilex Poly, based in Hartsville, S.C., has made political donations to every Democrat in the California Senate who joined Republicans in voting against last year’s bill.
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