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In a recent letter concerning “Save our plastic bags,” it was pointed out to the rest of us what “is so terrible about plastic bags” by some environmentally concerned citizens. Although the writers provide some facts on the use of plastic bags, and speculate on how that can affect the food supply, they ultimately miss the point as to the basis for the ban.
They mention a “possible 10-cent statewide fee on disposable plastic bags.” Really? Are they that naive, or are they supporting what this state does to its citizens on a daily basis; that is, to tax the hell out of us under the guise that some good will come of it?
These do-gooders should look up the proposed bill, SB 270. The bill doesn’t stop at plastic bags. It applies to all bags, including brown paper bags. This bill is a tax, plain and simple. If plastic bags were so bad, you would simply ban them. But no, instead you can buy them for 10 cents each, and if you think choosing paper is an alternative, you’re wrong. They’ll collect 10 cents on that as well; otherwise, you would avoid the tax.
Oh, it gets better. Realizing that we live in a welfare state, it would allow folks on food stamps to be exempt from the 10-cent fee. Poor folks will get all the plastic they want, and those with means will simply buy them, and the do-gooders will buy their reusable bags, most of which are made of woven plastic.
And, at the end of the day, the average Californian will once again get the short end of the stick as the state collects millions in new tax revenue to be used to create more social programs in the Bay Area and L.A. basin in order to garner more votes so the whole process can start over again.
Oh, and the plastic bags? They’ll still be with us.
ERIK J. DAVENPORT