I shop at some stores where no bags are provided. The savings are passed on to the consumer.
At other times, when I shop for groceries, I ask for paper sacks because they can be reused as canvases for my daughters’ latest coloring masterpieces.
My wife usually asks for plastic bags because they make excellent repositories for wet swimsuits and other messes produced by our children.
In other words, we have found ways as consumers to reduce and reuse without any interference from government.
It’s amazing how society can benefit from individuals making wise economic decisions for themselves.
And yet, politicians continue to wade into the minutia of our daily lives and try to make decisions for us.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.
His reasoning? Pop makes people fat.
Well, Mayor, people can count calories for themselves and make decisions on what’s best for them.
They don’t need an autocratic billionaire making those decisions for them.
We need to be free to choose.
Scott Reeder is a veteran statehouse reporter and the journalist in residence at the Illinois Policy Institute. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.