Plastic bag ban proposal is revived in California

Plastic bags are back in the spotlight and the subject surely will spark heated debate among liberals, conservatives, environmentalists and people opposed to nanny-state style government.

Assembly Member Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, is reviving a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores. You can read more about the bill in this Sacramento Bee story.

Back in 2011, then Assembly Member Julia Brownley proposed a similar bill, but it died in the face of stiff opposition from bag manufacturers and grocers.

And, the year before that, a proposed ban on plastic bags also was shot down.

At that time, I wrote lyrics summing up California’s messy, hands-out politics.  With apologies to George M. Cohan, they are to be sung to the patriotic marching tune “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

You’re a small old bag,

 You’re a white plastic bag

 And forever on earth you may wave.

 You’re the emblem of

 A state gone nuts,

 The home of officials who cave.

 Ev’ry hand is out

 ’neath the Golden Bear’s snout,

 Where there’s always a secret deal.

 Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

 Stuff the cash in a plastic bag.


You’re a small old bag,

You’re a white plastic bag

And forever the pols you will save.

You’re the emblem of

a market gone pfft!

The home of the taxpayer slave.

Ev’ry crook wants in

‘on the Capitol din,

And there’s never a budget on time.

Should auld fat pensions be forgot,

Stuff the checks in a plastic bag.


 You’re a small old bag,

 You’re a white plastic bag

 And forever the votes they will crave.

 You’re the emblem of

 A dream gone bust.

 The home of the conspiring knave.

 Ev’ry heart beats true,

 More for me, less for you,

 Real voter choices are a drag.

 Should auld rigged districts be forgot,

 Stuff the cash in a plastic bag.


You’re a small old bag,

 You’re a white plastic bag

 And forever the land you will spoil.

 You’re the emblem of

 the job to get,

 A post for Meg or Jerry to toil.

 Monied crowds beat true,

 Leave the folks black and blue,

 Let them sing an old corny rag.

 Should party bosses be forgot,

 Stuff the checks in a plastic bag.



Stephen A. Montgomery says:

Protecting the environment from known sources of pollution isn’t nannyism. That people make poor or lazy choices is more the result of education as to the long term problems caused by plastic bags, their manufacture, use and disposal, particularly disposal. We can’t justify bad behavior by remaining deliberately ignorant of the effects of widespread use of plastic bags.

Kim Tanksley says:

I have no problem with the proposal to stop the use of one use plastic bags. Husbanding our environment to ensure the health of the environment and thus the health of the people living in it is a no brainer to me. The people in China right now are enjoying their lack of care for the environment.

The problem I have is that this state is dying. The middle class in this state are failing under the burden of our government and our “leaders” chose now to spend their time worrying about plastic bags. We cant even afford groceries to put in the plastic bags anymore… lets quit avoiding that issue first.

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