Daily Archives: July 19, 2011

Finally: Business Responds to Proposed Luddite Portland Plastic Bag Ban

 “We also believe that any public policy needs to be based on the facts – not political rhetoric – and we feel it is important to correct some inaccuracies in the proposed ordinance. First, plastic bags are not “single use” – 90 percent of Americans reuse their plastic bags at least once. Second, plastic bags are made from natural gas – not petroleum. Third, while the plastic bag ban in Ireland curbed the use of plastic grocery bags, the result was an increase in the sales and use of heavier gauge plastics, such as garbage bags, by 400 percent – which are worse for the environment. Lastly, while plastic bags can contribute to disruptions for residential curbside recycling programs, they make up less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream, and they are not the only plastics that clog traditional material recovery facilities. Banning this one product won’t solve that problem.”

…Should Portland approve this ban, regrettably, you will have chosen to close the door on bringing the bag manufacturers, recycling industry and retailers together to advance Oregon’s leadership role in recycling while also creating new economic opportunities for the city. Despite this action, Hilex Poly will continue to engage all stakeholders to develop a statewide solution that reduces litter, creates jobs and advances Oregon’s leadership role in recycling.

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Does Making Me Poorer Make You Richer?"The Trouble With Socialism is Eventually You Run Out of Other People’s Money "

The only way to end our fiscal nightmare is through “shared sacrifice.” So says the President, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and all the democrats who received the talking points.
So my question is:
If I took to the streets and begged you not to spend.
If I called and begged you not to spend.
If I pleaded with you and begged you not to spend.
If I took a 20% or so hit on the value of my home.
If I have more relatives out of work and have to help them.


If I have more relatives living with me because times are very tough.
If I have had 10% of the value of my money STOLEN because of QE 1 & 2.
If I have to pay a higher cost of EVERYTHING because of increased commodities and energy prices.
If I have to do that because of your screw ups: Have I shared the sacrifice yet?

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously said,

“The trouble with socialism is eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

I’m tapped out Debbie and Barack. Your redistributionism has made me poorer and now I can’t help myself to the extent I would have been able to before.
Happy?

Does making me poor make someone else rich? If so, please send them my way. I could use the help, you bastards, but I can’t help myself because you STOLE FROM ME and now I can’t afford it.

Their philosophy is, ‘Things will be better if the richer are poorer and the poor are too.”

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Plastic Bag Ban: When is "Single Use" Not "Single Use?" In the UK

The enviros and lefties and anti corporatists–but I repeat myself–continue to label the bags “single use.” I noticed this while looking up some info on ethylene bags.
They had a few things wrong in this Wiki page (here) such as being made out “petroleum,” but I thought this re-use stat was worth sharing. 

According to the UK’s Environment Agency, 76% of carrier bags are reused.[1] An estimated 90% of individuals reuse plastic bags, and 56% of individuals reuse all plastic shopping bags.[2] Heavier duty plastic shopping bags are suitable for multiple uses as reusable shopping bags.

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Portland’s Gov’t Issued Shopping Bags: Gulag Chic!

Portland Mayor Sam Adams says his EMERGENCY! “Plastic” Bag Ban will mean that some people will be inconvenienced such as old people, homeless people and handicapped people who use “plastic” bags because they’re lighter, more malleable and hold more stuff than paper or reusable bags.

His solution to their inconvenience? GOVERNMENT SHOPPING BAGS. Hear it here!

Found at Saturday Market Website

Mayor Sam Adams says the City of Portland will send these people government issued bags “for free.” He says they’ve been doing it for ten years.

Funny, when this ethylene bag ban came up the first time he told me about issuing government bags but it was a new thing. Last Friday he told me about issuing government bags but when I pressed him on how long the city had been issuing government bags he told me they’d been doing it for yeaaaars!

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Wynn: Fear of the President Keeps Capital on Sidelines

The guy keeps making speeches about redistribution and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don’t invest, their holding too much money. We haven’t heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists. Everybody’s afraid of the government and there’s no need soft peddling it, it’s the truth. It is the truth. And that’s true of Democratic businessman and Republican businessman, and I am a Democratic businessman and I support Harry Reid. I support Democrats and Republicans. And I’m telling you that the business community in this company is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States. And until he’s gone, everybody’s going to be sitting on their thumbs.

Steve Wynn

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Finally: Business Responds to Proposed Luddite Portland Plastic Bag Ban

 “We also believe that any public policy needs to be based on the facts – not political rhetoric – and we feel it is important to correct some inaccuracies in the proposed ordinance. First, plastic bags are not “single use” – 90 percent of Americans reuse their plastic bags at least once. Second, plastic bags are made from natural gas – not petroleum. Third, while the plastic bag ban in Ireland curbed the use of plastic grocery bags, the result was an increase in the sales and use of heavier gauge plastics, such as garbage bags, by 400 percent – which are worse for the environment. Lastly, while plastic bags can contribute to disruptions for residential curbside recycling programs, they make up less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream, and they are not the only plastics that clog traditional material recovery facilities. Banning this one product won’t solve that problem.”

…Should Portland approve this ban, regrettably, you will have chosen to close the door on bringing the bag manufacturers, recycling industry and retailers together to advance Oregon’s leadership role in recycling while also creating new economic opportunities for the city. Despite this action, Hilex Poly will continue to engage all stakeholders to develop a statewide solution that reduces litter, creates jobs and advances Oregon’s leadership role in recycling.

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Sam Adams’ Recovered Memories

 I’ve been following the plastic bag ban and tax proposals since the beginning but I’ve never heard this story from Portland Mayor Sam Adams. That’s because he hadn’t made it up or recovered the memory yet.

On Friday’s program I interviewed the Mayor about his Emergency! Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance which is being considered by council at 3:45 on July 21st and, if passed, would be enacted in October. He told me (here) that as a youngin’ in Newport he’d opened the bellies of fishes and seen plastic bags. He even alludes to this “devastating” problem in his open letter to Portlanders,

Growing up on the Oregon coast, I saw firsthand the devastating effects that discarded plastic has on our waterways and wildlife.

So we thought we ask a real fisherman in Sam’s home town of Newport, Oregon about the situation. We spoke to him on the program (The Victoria Taft Show AM 860). He spoke only for himself but works at a fish processing plant and has fished the Pacific for decades. He hates plastics and ethylene bags but says you won’t find any in the bellies of fishes (here).

Just tell the truth, Sam. You don’t like “plastic” bag manufacturers because, well, you just don’t like them. Someone told you they’re bad and now you’re so wedded to this fallacious and bankrupt plan that you can’t turn back. Just tell the truth. 

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Plastic Bag Ban:IT’S AN EMERGENCY!

Sam Adams and the rest of the Rainbow City Council take up the “plastic” bag ban as an emergency ordinance this week. If it’s such an emergency then why don’t they ban these bags?

I guess it won’t do to have the newspaper of record–The Zero–included in the ban. They might begin to tell the truth about the stupidity of banning ethylene bags.

As the head of the Save Our Plastic Bag Coalition told me on the air yesterday, “I used to think that they’d listen to the truth and act accordingly. Now they know the truth and they ignore it.”

Too right you are.

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Plastic Bag Ban: When is "Single Use" Not "Single Use?" In the UK

The enviros and lefties and anti corporatists–but I repeat myself–continue to label the bags “single use.” I noticed this while looking up some info on ethylene bags.
They had a few things wrong in this Wiki page (here) such as being made out “petroleum,” but I thought this re-use stat was worth sharing. 

According to the UK’s Environment Agency, 76% of carrier bags are reused.[1] An estimated 90% of individuals reuse plastic bags, and 56% of individuals reuse all plastic shopping bags.[2] Heavier duty plastic shopping bags are suitable for multiple uses as reusable shopping bags.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com