Enviro Re: When Does It End?
posted by May 14 at 13:24 PMon
As Dan notes below, the Seattle Times’ Bruce Ramsey took the bold step today of coming out against the proposed 20-cent tax on disposable grocery bags… joining fellow faux populists Ron Judd, Knute Berger, Joni Balter , and the entire Seattle Times editorial board in protesting this grave violation of their human right to be given plastic bags free of charge and dispose of them however they wish. His column is a rehash of hoary old Seattle cliches—“social engineering” makes an appearance, as does the familiar shibboleth of—the injustice!—forced recycling. (A ghostly Nanny State™ also appears on the sidelines, in the form of the “city-wagging-its-finger-at-me” tax.)
Anyway, I won’t add to what Dan so adroitly said below (and what I’ve said over and over and over again), except this: I sincerely hope that when Mayor Nickels decides to propose a tax on bottled water, “populists” like Ramsay, Balter, and Berger will wholeheartedly support it—since, presumably, all those poor, downtrodden low-income Seattleites who can’t afford so much as a 73-cent reusable bag are already drinking tap water anyway.