Environmental Oppression: Courtesy of Your Local Government

Yesterday I’d spotted a blurb in the paper about an upcoming county public “workshop” on the Energy Efficiency Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  But I couldn’t remember where I’d seen it so I Googled “san mateo, environment, news.”

Imagine my shock and horror when an article popped up announcing that Foster City was considering a styrofoam ban and another describing how San Mateo County is now “fast tracked” to ban plastic shopping bags.  Foster City has so few businesses disbursing food in styrofoam this seems more symbolic than anything – still wrong though.  But the last really irritates me – now I’ll have to buy plastic liners for my bathroom garbage cans rather than re-use the bags I get at the store. 

It’s really getting depressing – regulations are flying at us from all sides: federal, state and local.  No wonder so many Californians are moving to Texas.  I kind of feel bad for Texas.  More importantly, by the time I throw in the towel and move there, they’ll probably have a ban on Californians and won’t let me in.


About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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