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    Dem Admit: We Make Government Irritating

    By Kyle | May 9, 2016

    The latest annoyance of the de Blasio era is a 5-cent surcharge on every plastic (and paper) bag you use at the checkout. A leading sponsor of the bill admits the purpose of the bill is to irritate us. More in a Sunday column.

    Topics: New York City | 11 Comments »

    11 Responses to “Dem Admit: We Make Government Irritating”

    1. Obama bin Biden Says:
      May 9th, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Reusable bags are bacteria breeding grounds. Whole Foods doesn’t even offer plastic bags. What eviro-pinheads don’t know is paper bag manufacturing spews far more polution than plastic. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

    2. kishke Says:
      May 9th, 2016 at 9:36 am

      The city could make a fortune selling turns to punch Lander’s dumb-smirk face.

    3. Obama bin Biden Says:
      May 9th, 2016 at 10:33 am

      He looks like a textbook haughty punk, and the deranged NYers keep voting these parastes into office. I hope DeBlasio wins a second term.

    4. kishke Says:
      May 9th, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      The dumbassery of this idea is beyond belief. Think of someone who stops off to pick up some groceries after work. Now he or she needs to drag around several smelly cloth bags all day, or maybe a shopping cart like their grandmother.

    5. JimmyC Says:
      May 9th, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      “It just feels good to think that cotton is better for the environment than plastic.”

      Indeed, and as the great Thomas Sowell once said, the last century has mainly involved replacing what works with what feels good.

    6. K Says:
      May 9th, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Where I live the local eco-lib, high end real estate city did the plastic bag banning trick to save Gaia. This lasted less than 6 months because all the supermarkets inside the city limits saw a huge decrease in business. Of course in NYNY I presume the locals would consider shopping elsewhere a violation of their lefty card.

    7. kishke Says:
      May 9th, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      @K: Not really an easy option in NYC to go elsewhere to shop. But you could shop online.

    8. SK Says:
      May 10th, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Los Angeles began banning so-called single-use plastic carryout bags in 2012. Julia Louis-Dreyfus attended the city council meeting to support the ban. Paper bags are sold for 10 cents.

    9. Obama bin Biden Says:
      May 10th, 2016 at 10:04 am

      JLD: now there’s an intellectual powerhouse.

    10. Bugg Says:
      May 10th, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      If the concern is sea animals eating plastic bags, you could mandate brown paper bags which are recyclable and degradable. Trade Joe’s has no problem letting you take as many as you need.

      And the reason plastic bags aren’t properly disposed of are people littering. Alas mandating people stop being pigs would require judgment and shame, and those aren’t allowed.

    11. SK Says:
      May 11th, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Maybe Trader Joe’s stores somewhere give away brown paper bags, but here in Los Angeles County they must charge for brown paper bags by law. At least that is my understanding. Various cities within LA County also have their own laws concerning plastic and paper bags.