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Leftist utopia: A wonderful world without plastic bags!

A utopia without plastic bags?!

Over two weeks ago I began writing about the recent plastic bag ban in Silver City, New Mexico.  It’s a common topic at local Chamber of Commerce luncheons and provides a thread of common interest to discuss at local grocery stores and Walmart for frequent shoppers.

As I have written in the past, grocery store owners predict that the ban will cost them tens of thousands of dollars each year.  The environmentalists don’t care about or mind the negative economic effects of the ban nor are they bothered by the work, red tape and expenses it creates for local businesses.

Unsustainable “utopia” fumbles

In Silver City, the unicorn followers and dreamers who envision a utopia have made it hard on the everyday people who couldn’t care less about their little fights, but have to live by the rules the liberals create anyway!

The word at Walmart was that they ran out of thick plastic bags because locals were actually “stealing” them by grabbing an extra few bags to stock up on before the stores run out.  I asked about this at another grocery store and the cashier confirmed that they’d had people stealing the thick plastic bags at their store– to the point that a manager was notified and caught a shopper loading a huge stack of them in his truck.

Sources described the scene of a wild Walmart after thick plastic bags (that have been okay’d by the city) began to run out Monday mayhem ensued.  By Tuesday, Walmart was out of the thick plastic bags and were selling out of the “reusable” bags they sell.   One Walmart cashier explained that shoppers were angry and she was yelled at all of Tuesday during her shift after the thick plastic bags ran out.  Many customers just filled their carts with their groceries and didn’t buy or reuse any bags at all.  Then the reusable bags sold completely out.

Thursday thick plastic were back and they’re still in stock, but shoppers are concerned lest Walmart begins charging $1 per thick plastic bag.  Ouch– that’s ridiculous!  Friday, Walmart had the thick bags, but were still out of the precious “reusable” bags that Walmart sells and the environmentalists love so much.
All-around bad idea
The Leftist utopianists are against choice– they want to make business owners and everyday shoppers like you and I forced to use the bags they choose while we shop! It’s about control.  First they were against paper, now plastic is evil.
The environmentalists don’t mind the germs in the reusable bags or talk about the creators of the trashy “reusable” bags that must be making a fortune (now there’s a Crony Capitalism fight the liberals could follow up on, eh?).  The liberals imagine a utopia with landfills void of plastic bags.  Some dream, in my opinion.  Too bad they can’t aim for something just a little higher.
Cross-posted on my blog politicalfireball.com