Nanny State Of Mind

I was reading, with an incongruous quality of amusement,  House of Eratosthenes latest blog-post on shopping in lands where plastic bags are [probably] banned, and whereas the use of said items are considered Public Enemy #1.  In simpler times, when convenience was in vogue, the acceptance of items like plastic bags were a suitable alternative to the culling of the forest lands for making paper bags.  In simpler times.

I save my plastic bags and reuse them

Now, accordingly to environmentalist nutjobs everywhere, plastic bags are the scourge of the world.  They get into the oceans, and the fishy’s eat the plastic bags, causing the fishy’s to float upside down.  It’s a terrible situation.  Something has to done.  Think of the children!

Worst yet, I just received my latest issue of Time Magazine, a mistake I made when using up some frequent flier miles that were going to expire, anyway, a rag that’s evolving its way to extinction.  Unless of course, Time Magazine is deemed, too big to fail.  Where would Joe Klein go to redistribute his wealth of mental prowlness.   If [prowlness] could be a word.  Time reports about the Perils of Plastic and wants to know how Washington will protect us.

[sigh]

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National Geographic News has documented a huge trash pile floating in the Pacific Ocean.  This trash pile has been there for a very  long time.  A very long time.  Only now, is anyone paying attention to it with any sincerity.  You can literally see the thousands and thousands of plastic bags piled in bunch floating in the ocean.  Amongst the millions and millions of other rubbish that dominates this Water World floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  On this floating refuse lives a variety of sea creatures that have come to live and feed off the remains of mans destruction to the planet that he resides on.  That’s pretty harsh and snarky don’tcha think, huh?

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Indeed, there are plenty of stories on the web about this environmental disaster brought on by a wealthy and greedy nation, the United States of America.   Wait Just A Gosh Darn Second!!!  We aren’t the only inhabitants on this planet.  There are other countries that exist on this Pale Blue Dot that floats in the universe.  These other nations are somehow excluded from the list of polluters to this planet because they are, developing nations.

It sounds more like we have a rubbish problem, and not just a plastic bag problem.  Even here in Hawai’i, we have our do-gooders, our champions of the environment, our Cass Sunsteine nudgers that are bound and determine to regulate our lives so that they can feel good about themselves.

Nudging Reality

This is Cass Sunsteine, an outgoing professor at the University of Chicago Law School, Department of Political Science, and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for the Obama Administration, is interviewed to talk about his latest book, co-authored with Richard Thaler, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. He kinda reminds me of a movie quote:

Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything! You’ve never been out of college! You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results.
– Dr Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd), Ghostbusters

Listen carefully to how Sunsteine explains how free markets are bad and evil, and government mandates and bans are also bad, but not as bad.  But because we humans are too stupid to make the correct decisions for ourselves, the government should be the one that nudges the populace towards environmental goals, health choices, and happiness, as defined by the ruling Junta.  By making it more difficult, more expensive, and more unpopular, to enjoy those conveniences, those freedoms, those choices, we all to have, and use with personal satisfaction.  Having the benefits thereof to make your own decisions, a thing of the past.  The arrogance.  We can make better decisions than you can.

Rather than whacking the big club of  government over the head of the common people [like Obamacare], of a community, a nation, all the inhabitants of a place; being that of a planet:  Nudge them along with suffocating regulations.  Make freedom uncomfortable.  Make wealth unworthy.  Make happiness, well, palatable.  Like food that is merely acceptable and not especially good.

I have no idea what this is, but I know I don’t like it.

This leads me to a previous post regarding both plastic bag bans and green insulation.  The plastic bag ban is obvious in itself, but the Green Insulation is the Californication of Hawai’i.   Perhaps, the Californication of America.  Always a trend setter, California, defines the meaning of a crumbling leftest state government, deeper in debt and possibly too big to fail, California is a poster child of excessive government.  Next to New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, spending more than you take in is a time honored liberal badge of merit.  Welfare is also fall-back strategy.

Don’t ask what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you.

Pete Hoffman, County of Hawai’i Council District #9 representative, a staunch defender of European socialist values, and a follower of the Free Federal Money dole.  You know, that Federal Welfare system that gives out taxpayer monies, the money that we are taxed on and redistributed to other people.  Pete believes that chasing federal taxpayer money is how we make Hawai’i a bit more like California.  Same building codes, same regulations, same taxes, and same debt, as California.  Hoffman’s profile states he used to be in Army Intelligence.

Since election to the Council, Pete has stressed the need to revise the Council’s outdated land use regulations that have stifled infrastructure development. He has introduced bills to modernize concurrency laws, update zoning policies, and has been a principal advocate for the Community Development Plans. Among other priorities, Pete believes this County is in desperate need of an effective Impact Fee ordinance, requires a major energy self-sufficiency program and a significant affordable housing program.

I lifted this from Hoffman’s county profile.  The term concurrency laws is troublesome.  Even more troublesome is the Impact Fee Ordinance. What the hell does that mean other than more taxes.  We all need more taxes.  Don’t we?

There’s that nudge again.  Spending other peoples money is what liberal democrats do best.  Sometimes, it’s all about the environment.  Changing the environment to meet California standards.  As if California standards are worth living for.  However, what it does, is make the cost of living in Hawai’i more expensive.

What’s For Easter Dinner?

Easter Lamb Rib Roast with Garlic Mash Potato’s and Steamed  Asparagus

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