• Washington, DC Bag Tax After 3 Years: dirtier streets, bigger government

    A funny thing happened when plastic bag tax supporters tried to prove how successful their coercive, Big Government law has been in Washington, DC: they inadvertently undermined their justifications of the law.

    They conducted a spurious, biased and largely meaningless survey to see how the law was doing after three years in force. It was a survey that the Washington Post misled its readers was “independent.” But even with the advocates’ thumbs pressing down on the scale – as we document below – the results came back with bad news for bag tax boosters.

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  • They think you’re stupid

    Why are plastic handle bags at seemingly every checkout counter across America? Because people love them.

    They are useful, inexpensive, handy, lightweight, clean, reusable, recyclable, and versatile.

    So why on Earth are politicians working with grocers and Labor Bosses to tax and ban them? Greed.

    Plus, supporters of these bag taxes and bag bans think you’re stupid. They think you’ll swoon if they say it’s for the environment, even though their anti-bag crusades harm the planet.

    They think you’re too dumb to weigh the costs and benefits yourself and make your own judgment.

    And they hope you’re too busy to look into their true motivations and see the cozy arrangements they have to use bag taxes and bans to line their pockets with your hard-earned money.

    So take a look around this site and then join us in fighting back on behalf of all of us harmed by the special interest war on our plastic bags.

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    A bag tax hurts the poor

    Politicians, grocers and labor honchos have conspired to take the complimentary plastic shopping bags that most families use when they are shopping, and convert them into a grocer’s profit center, or ban them entirely to force use of more costly alternatives.

    That’s not going to hurt these wealthy “one-percenters” one bit. But poor and working class families are not so lucky. For them, adding five or ten cents per bag, every time they shop, or forcing them to purchase multiple, multi-dollar alternatives, is a real and substantial harm.

    Washington, DC, which has a nickel-per-bag tax, has extracted millions of dollars per year from shoppers – even as one in four District children live in poverty.

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    A bag tax hurts the environment

    The politicians and their special interest grocer and union buddies tell you to trust them: forget the free bags you’ve been using for years; the thick, plastic reusable bags they want you to purchase are more “green,” they claim, because you will use them multiple times. But what is the rest of the story?

    The only “green” is from the dollars they are moving from your pockets to theirs. What they don’t want you to know is that many of those reusable “green” bags are produced in China.

    You know China, don’t you? A government-controlled one-party state with an abysmal environmental record. A place where the air is so bad they sometimes show sunrises on giant TV screens since the real one is hidden behind pollution. A place where the waterways are unsafe and unhealthy. A place where industrial pollution is utterly common.

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  • Student Center

    On few issues are your teachers, professors and the media feeding you more inaccurate information than on environmental issues.  They know you care about the planet so they can’t resist feeding you propaganda.

    So the next time you hear some silly attack on fully-recyclable plastic shopping bags, the first thing you should ask about is: China.

    And then ask them about the poor, and about dog owners.

    The great educators urge you to look behind the feel-good answers to search out the actual truth. The false attacks on plastic bags are one such area where the truth is more interesting than the spin.

    Seek it out. And above all, remember that what has always made America unique in the world is our passion for freedom.

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