We have a new update to our 2010 version of "First They Came," as the left continues its march to consolidate power in government at the cost of individual freedom:
Enacting one of the nation's most aggressive environmental measures, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban plastic grocery bags in unincorporated areas of the county.
The vote was 3-1, supported by Supervisors Gloria Molina, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Zev Yaroslavsky, and opposed by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Supervisor Don Knabe was absent.
The ban, which will cover nearly 1.1 million residents countywide, is to the point: "No store shall provide to any customer a plastic carryout bag." An exception would be made for plastic bags that are used to hold fruit, vegetables or raw meat in order to prevent contamination with other grocery items.
If grocers choose to offer paper bags, they must sell them for 10 cents each, according to the ordinance. The revenue will be retained by the stores to purchase the paper bags and educate customers about the law.
Banning plastic bags and taxing paper sacks...liberal utopia.
As a quick aside, consider the obvious: the problem of pollution is the direct result of a lack of planetary stewardship (the belief that the earth is not ours, but that we are caretakers of something that belongs to a power that is far greater than we) and personal responsibility.
These two concepts - stewardship and personal responsibility - are stressed in the Judeo-Christian worldview.the very thing the left has sought and is seeking to rip from the public square. Hmmm.