The Beaufort TEA Party Opposes
The Plastic Bag Ban
The proposed Plastic Bag Ban currently in the Natural Resources Committee will allow public input on the following dates:
Monday, 9/25 at 7pm, Bluffton Public Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton
Thursday, 10/5 at 6:30pm, Council Chambers 100 Ribaut Rd, Beaufort
This ban is in direct violation of our principles of limited government, limited and only necessary taxes and a Free-Market economy. Additionally, we oppose for the following reasons:
- Plastic Bag Bans don't fix litter problems, stricter enforcement of litter laws do! In fact, it increases the volume of landfill waste, as consumers switch to the thicker reusable bags. Municipalities who pass a Plastic Bag Ban, do not see a reduction in litter (Clemson University 2014)
- We are not against the Sea Turtle. We are FOR responsible individuals, who self-police their environment and do not litter.
- Littering is already illegal. By enforcing active laws and increasing the fines, County can increase it's revenue intake.
- Plastic Bag Bans lead to Plastic Bag Taxes, which hurt the impoverished and lower class.
- The economic loss will mean loss of jobs. The cost to an average grocery store is $20,000 to convert alone. You, the consumer will bear that burden in higher costs of goods. Business that do not want to bear this burden will move to more favorable counties, costing much needed jobs. Moreover, businesses that operate over multiple municipalities, and purchase large quantities of bags, prefer regulatory consistency for better economic benefits, which translates to lower consumer prices and more jobs.
- Plastic Bag Bans and Taxes means more regulations and restrictions, causing higher operational costs and consumer prices as when those regulations mandate things such as thickness and materials.
- Plastic Bags are not the #1 cause of litter. Cigarette butts are the #1 item.
- Plastic Bags are not single use. In fact, the average American reuses a plastic bag up to FIVE times.
- There will be exemption, such as zip lock and newspaper bags. Certain businesses will be also be exempt. Sea Turtles won't know the difference between these bags. However, stricter laws and stiffer fines will help keep all plastic and bags out of our waterways.
- Cloth reusable bags are less sanitary. Most people do not wash them after every use. Often items such as fresh meat and fish tend to leak, you may not see it, but it leaves dangerous bacteria behind. This bacteria can be spread to other items, not just in your shopping cart, but to items touched by strangers.
- Many grocery stores have plastic bag recycling bins. Why not encourage more people to use them, maybe even offering incentives to consumers to bring their bags into recycling centers.
More government and more regulations are not the answer. Enforcing current litter laws and increasing fines and penalties is the answer.
Monday, October 16, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm
97 Sea Island Parkway, Lady's Island
across from the Shell Station
in The Hamilton Village
Recently, the Beaufort GOP has undergone a restructuring with new leadership in place. Their web site which was not updated has a new look and better information and news access.
Jim Riordon the the new chair and is very much aligned with TEA Party and Conservative principles.
I encourage you to visit the page. BeaufortGOP.com
Beaufort County has over 90 Republican Precincts and less than half of them have the leadership seated. If we are to help exercise our TEA Party values, I highly suggest if you live and vote in one of the empty precincts you volunteer to take the open positions. Open positions are for the Precinct President, who organizes the precinct and schedules and presides over the meetings, and the Executive Committee-person, who votes on policy issues and attends all County meetings. ** These are two important positions, especially of the Executive Committee-person, who actively shapes policies in the County GOP. ***
If you are unsure what precinct you vote in, go to http://www.scvotes.org/ and check your registration.
Open Precincts are:
Support The Balanced Budget Amendment
Columbia, SC — Every legislative session has its signature moment when a piece of landmark legislation is signed into law by the governor. This year will be no different. The South Carolina legislature is grappling with education, roads, ethics and protections for battered women and abused children. One of the most important pieces of legislation that South Carolina will consider is S-30, a resolution which calls for a Convention of the States for the limited purpose of proposing a federal balanced budget amendment.
If the South Carolina House and Senate were to pass S-30, the ‘Palmetto State’ would join twenty-five other States that have passed similar legislation which collectively taps into the vast powers granted to the States under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. This authority empowers the States, upon the application of two-thirds the State legislatures, to call a convention to propose amendment(s) which three-quarters (38) of the States must ratify.
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Invest Financially In Your Freedom
In the same way we budget for groceries, bills, etc. we now need to budget financially to support political action organizations who are looking out for us, as well as political candidates that espouse our core values.
Use T-shirts, baseball caps, bumper stickers and any other creative display to get your statement across. Use a powerful message that anyone can read. Exercise your First Amendment Right to Free Speech. (But please, keep it nice and clean!)
Visit websites that promote your core values and stay connected.
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Minimize the Power of State Media and Hollywood Elite
Listen to talk radio, join a church, just don't take what is printed or in the media as the only truth.
Contact Congress on Important Legislation!
Washington must be reminded that any attempt to encroach upon our freedom, attack our faith and fiscal irresponsibility will not be tolerated! Contact the White House, Senate and House by phone, fax, mail and email. For contact information go to CongressMerge and Whitehouse.gov.
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"In God We Trust"