• 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 is a tax on pet owners and the elderly

    Bag taxes and bag bans transfer millions of dollars from America’s families to special interests that support these laws. But some groups bear even more of the brunt of these laws.

    Among those harmed the most are dog owners. More than 40 million American households include at least one dog. And millions of those dog owners reuse the plastic bags they receive while shopping to clean up after their pets. The need to clean up dog poop does not disappear once politicians tax or ban plastic bags – it simply increases the cost of being a pet owner.

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