Which makes better sense to you? A tax incentive to reduce consumption or to outlaw the use everywhere in our Nation?

The Chicago Tribune article titled, Pritzker’s Bag Tax Idea Not an Easy Sell, reported the Illinois Governor wants to implement a State 5 cent tax for every plastic bag user in the State, similar to Chicago’s tax.

The Purpose of This Post

Is to examine which choice makes more better common sense what to do in a Nation with Rights and Freedom for everyone including some who are either sluggard or detached, to proven environmental hazards, including fearful politicians.

Words Related to Detached, Merriam-Webster

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King Solomon, Chapter 24

I went past the field of a sluggard,
    past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere,
    the ground was covered with weeds,
    and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed
    and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.

What’s My Point?

Every politician knows the environmental effects of plastic grocery bags, yet they ponder what to do, fearful of losing voters in the next election or to become identified as a violator of the Rights and Freedoms of the people they are supposed to be making wise decisions for them, our Nation, and our World.

So, the new governor of Illinois, being elected in a State on the verge of bankruptcy, has decided that since Chicago is now taxing the use of plastic bags and receiving money, he is proposing to do the same for the entire State.

In other words, provide an incentive to stop using plastic bags instead of just passing a law to ban the use of a proven environmental hazard.

In My Opinion,

Frankly, I believe incentives are effective way to motivate people.

However, if I was a politician fearful of the effects of being identified as a villain every time a person goes to the grocery store and is too lazy to carry a reusable bag, I wonder if it would be better to just to what should have been done years ago and outlaw the use of a bag.

Hopefully, the voters won’t be reminded as often and may even forget or forgive their politician same as they often do now when they vote like a rote in Chicago for the same political party over and over and over again.

My wife used cloth bags and would put them in the car trunk after bringing home the groceries to use the next time she shopped. However, she, like many people became sluggard in her resolve, so now she just uses the bags and puts them in the recyclable’s garbage container where the use in recycling plants is birdmen because they clog up machinery.

If Interested,

Read the article and a Forbes article about plastic.

You Decide

Which of the above Meriam Webster synonyms for detached would you use for yourself if you still use plastic grocery bags?

Which choice makes better political sense, tax or ban if you were a politician?

Which choice makes better long-term environmental sense?

Would King Solomon judge we are sluggards if he walked past the USA or saw an island the size of a State of plastic bags floating around in the ocean?

Regards and good will blogging.

Source Links

Chicago Tribune

Forbes

An island of Plastic Bags in Ocean True or False?