Plastic bags and the poor
Back to Main MenuBusiness News HomeFront PorchIt Only MoneyOregon the EconomyPlaybooks ProfitsSilicon ForestWindow ShopStock Market ReportBusiness Public BlogBack to Main MenuVideos from the OregonianVideos from The Beaverton LeaderVideos from the Hillsboro ArgusVideos from The Forest Grove LeaderYour VideosI know that plastic bags are bad so I am told. Although, I have to admit that I am never quite sure that the advocates for banning them have it right. [See a prior diatribe].It is always a single solution that is offered for the many ‘liberal’ causes: ban plastic bags, ban trans fat, ban cars, etc.It is never education or alternatives it is ban, ban, ban. ‘Liberals’ know best.It is no wonder that the conservatives look at the liberals as not just left but nearly socialist (in a most negative sense). Virtually every issue that bothers the liberals is to be remedied by proscription, or taxation.But this is what is interesting while the liberals purport to represent the middle and lower income it is that group, especially the poor, that pays the price of liberal policies.Often these liberals are driven by minority groups (tyranny of the minority) and they don’t research the topic. They don’t see the effect on other related issues. They see it as a single issue. It is a short sighted.They are often prone to point to some other place (typically a country) that has done something similar without the slightest analysis. It is just enough for them that there is some other place that they can point to as ‘successful.’Analysis is absent. They never question what happens that if something is banned what i fake rolex s the net effect? They never question whether there is a disproportionate effect on a particular segment of society.Typically they, like other politicians, don’t care because those likely to feel the disproportionate effect have little say (political clout). Politicians seem to have little concern with those votes they sought to get elected it is some need to serve a minority (numbers) who did not represent a majority.Issue politics. Path of least resistance works for electrons and politics.Ironically, if one bans plastic bags and the shift is to paper that is all it is a shift of the problem.Ironically too, if stores are essentially given carte blanche to charge for the bags and they will one way or another they will be found to be supporters of the ban because it costs them zip nada zero. And, these bags are far superior in bag quality than the regular grocery bag.This ‘bag’ cost is a disguised sales tax isn’t it?Recently, I purchased a little over $10 from a grocery store and took home the groceries in about 6 bags a couple were double bagged. The six bags, if 20 cents was the fake rolex added cost, would have fake rolex added $1.20 to the total. That is 12%If I were a person trying to live within the food stamp guidelines $3.00 per day $1.20 is a lot of money especially since it is likely that there will be multiple trips to the store.But, you fake rolex say all you have to do is buy a bag or two [alternative bag that consumer brings to the store] and that cost prorated over time will more than pay for itself. Problem is that it may work if one can afford the initial cost of the alternative bag.