I’ll take Two bags please.

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I'll take Two bags please.

The other day I was in line at a store when I over­heard the gen­tle­man ahead of me vehe­mently insist that he didn’t want to take a sec­ond bag “…to Save the Earth!” He said that was such earnest sin­cer­ity that I’m sure he believed it. And I’m sure that when I chuck­led at him, that I hurt his del­i­cate feel­ings. But if any­body believes that by not tak­ing the extra plas­tic bag they can “Save the Earth” they are delu­sional. This delu­sion has fed an unknown num­ber of local ordi­nances which have crim­i­nal­ized plas­tic bags, straws, and now printed receipts.

This is bunk.

In fact not using plas­tic bags is more of a dan­ger to our envi­ron­ment then using plas­tic bags. As with many of the chal­lenges that face us, there is a mis­un­der­stand­ing of Eco­nom­ics at its core. Teach­ing Eco­nom­ics is one way the Worces­ter Tea Party can help out.

You may have noticed that there is not lot of garbage strewn around in Amer­ica. Here in Amer­ica we are wealthy nation. We have resources to devote to keep­ing our neigh­bor­hoods and envi­ron­ment neat and tidy. Sadly some of our neigh­bors on the globe are still strug­gling with poverty. They don’t have resources to be able to afford the neces­si­ties of life. They don’t have the mil­lions of dol­lars required for proper trash and sewage removal, or even clean water. There have been many well inten­tioned attempts to give our needy neigh­bors the infra­struc­ture and sys­tems that some peo­ple believe they need. Most have failed to cre­ate last­ing improve­ment in their qual­ity of life. There must be a way to help these peo­ple use their tal­ents and resources so that they can get wealthier.

The answer to this chal­lenge is global trade, Wal­mart has done more to end poverty than all of the UN char­i­ties that aren’t good at any­thing except cre­at­ing mas­sive reports that no one reads and end up in land­fills. Wal­mart, Ama­zon, and eBay and oth­ers have cre­ated a way for peo­ple across the globe to be able to trade what they’re good with other peo­ple. Global trade is a ris­ing tide that can raise all boats. The num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing in crush­ing poverty has been decreas­ing for decades and is the most under appre­ci­ate fact of the mod­ern age.

If you were to buy a box of single-​use shop­ping bags you would notice that it says “Made in Viet­nam”. Today Viet­nam is strug­gling to move from the agrar­ian econ­omy to a more indus­tri­al­ized econ­omy which will pro­vide oppor­tu­nity for its peo­ple. One of the prod­ucts that they are able to pro­duce prof­itably is single-​use dis­pos­able shop­ping bags. What this does is brings wealth to the nation of Viet­nam. As that wealth increases they will be able to afford to clean up their envi­ron­ment and to make improve­ments in their san­i­ta­tion and their dis­posal of waste. They will no longer be one of the nation’s that is dump­ing trash in the ocean.

But if they are forced shut down those plas­tic bag fac­to­ries, we keep their impov­er­ished until they can find some­thing else to replace that indus­try. All that would do is set back the eco­log­i­cal agenda. Under­stand­ing global trade and The Wealth of Nations obvi­ously it’s not the strong suit of the Chicken Lit­tle envi­ron­men­tal­ists that are ban­ning plas­tic straws shop­ping bags. They don’t take into account that cap­i­tal­ism will pro­vide the answer to the eco­log­i­cal changes the world faces. They believe that Social­ism is required to pro­tect “the Envi­ron­ment.” This ignores the fact that many of the worst pol­luters are Social­ist nations. It seems as if these peo­ple have a solu­tion (Social­ism) and have found the prob­lem it is sup­posed to solve (Human caused Cli­mate Change).

It may seem silly that there are peo­ple that strive for power so pas­sion­ately that get emo­tional sat­is­fac­tion from ban­ning sin­gle use plas­tic shop­ping bags. It isn’t. It is dis­gust­ing, and even scary that some peo­ple are so deluded that they can vest so much impor­tance in so triv­ial an action, which is so coun­ter­pro­duc­tive to their goals.

Respect­fully,
Matt O’Brien
Pres­i­dent Worces­ter Tea Party

The other day I was in line at a store when I overheard the gentleman ahead of me vehemently insist that he didn’t want to take a second bag “…to Save the Earth!” He said that was such earnest sincerity that I’m sure he believed it. And I’m sure that when I chuckled at him, that I hurt his delicate feelings. But if anybody believes that by not taking the extra plastic bag they can “Save the Earth” they are delusional. This delusion has fed an unknown number of local ordinances which have criminalized plastic bags, straws, and now printed receipts.

This is bunk.

In fact not using plastic bags is more of a danger to our environment then using plastic bags. As with many of the challenges that face us, there is a misunderstanding of Economics at its core. Teaching Economics is one way the Worcester Tea Party can help out.

You may have noticed that there is not lot of garbage strewn around in America. Here in America we are wealthy nation. We have resources to devote to keeping our neighborhoods and environment neat and tidy. Sadly some of our neighbors on the globe are still struggling with poverty. They don’t have resources to be able to afford the necessities of life. They don’t have the millions of dollars required for proper trash and sewage removal, or even clean water. There have been many well intentioned attempts to give our needy neighbors the infrastructure and systems that some people believe they need. Most have failed to create lasting improvement in their quality of life. There must be a way to help these people use their talents and resources so that they can get wealthier.

The answer to this challenge is global trade, Walmart has done more to end poverty than all of the UN charities that aren’t good at anything except creating massive reports that no one reads and end up in landfills. Walmart, Amazon, and eBay and others have created a way for people across the globe to be able to trade what they’re good with other people. Global trade is a rising tide that can raise all boats. The number of people living in crushing poverty has been decreasing for decades and is the most under appreciate fact of the modern age.

If you were to buy a box of single-use shopping bags you would notice that it says “Made in Vietnam”. Today Vietnam is struggling to move from the agrarian economy to a more industrialized economy which will provide opportunity for its people. One of the products that they are able to produce profitably is single-use disposable shopping bags. What this does is brings wealth to the nation of Vietnam. As that wealth increases they will be able to afford to clean up their environment and to make improvements in their sanitation and their disposal of waste. They will no longer be one of the nation’s that is dumping trash in the ocean.

But if they are forced shut down those plastic bag factories, we keep their impoverished until they can find something else to replace that industry. All that would do is set back the ecological agenda. Understanding global trade and The Wealth of Nations obviously it’s not the strong suit of the Chicken Little environmentalists that are banning plastic straws shopping bags. They don’t take into account that capitalism will provide the answer to the ecological changes the world faces. They believe that Socialism is required to protect “the Environment.” This ignores the fact that many of the worst polluters are Socialist nations. It seems as if these people have a solution (Socialism) and have found the problem it is supposed to solve (Human caused Climate Change).

It may seem silly that there are people that strive for power so passionately that get emotional satisfaction from banning single use plastic shopping bags. It isn’t. It is disgusting, and even scary that some people are so deluded that they can vest so much importance in so trivial an action, which is so counterproductive to their goals.

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
President Worcester Tea Party