California: “Protecting” the Environment, Killing the Economy

PolitiChicks.comIt’s not a hidden secret – or agenda for that matter. Legislators in Sacramento are continually focused on one thing: the environment. Instead of focusing on bringing jobs to the west coast, the California Legislature is working to ban plastic bags throughout the entire state.

Other cities and counties have moved to charging people for plastic bags. Of course, California has to take that idea to the extreme. Instead of charging people for plastic bags, the state wants to outright ban them all together.

How are they going to enforce this “law?” Will the police come to my house and check my bathroom trash can? Are they going to fine or jail people for using plastic bags?

Personally, I don’t mind using reusable bags. I can get more in my bags and I don’t have to worry about them ripping when I carry them into the house. I’m in favor of protecting our wildlife and our marine life.

What concerns me is the lack of choice. This outright ban doesn’t give consumers options. It’s the state saying, “This is how things are going to be done, whether you like it or not.” We don’t have the option to pay a bag fee or to use our plastic bags we’ve collected from previous shopping trips.

If you don’t have the extra money to buy reusable bags when this law goes into effect (should it be signed by Brown), are you to carry all of your groceries to your car one-by-one? The state is basically saying if you don’t agree with what they decide and comply by their rules, you’re S.O.L.

I don’t understand why this is suddenly an important “issue.” I mean, seriously. We have Governor Brown meeting with the Mexican President while Sgt. Tahmooressi is sitting in jail. Illegal aliens are being dumped into small towns, like Murrieta and businesses are continually moving out of state.

Instead of focusing on what we put our groceries in, legislators need to focus on upholding the Constitution and bringing jobs to our sad, sad state. If we continue on the path we’re on, we won’t have much of a state in the next 5 years. We won’t have to worry about businesses or people putting their groceries in plastic bags. They will have moved somewhere else by then! Probably somewhere where they can find a job.

This isn’t rocket science, guys. Regulation kills jobs and businesses. Regulation is why small businesses struggle to thrive in the Golden State and why the unemployment rate is sky high. We need less regulation and more job opportunities.

Remember – the bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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