Monday, February 23, 2004

Beverages and Other Interests 

This article is notable primarily for its use of the phrase "beverage interests."

Environmental advocates say the bottle bill complements curbside pickup. They noted that revenue raised from unclaimed nickels could help support such programs, like in New York City where, due to budget constraints, curbside service was suspended for the past year and a half but will begin again in April.

When you're literally scraping for nickels to run a city populated by the richest people in the world, something has gone wrong with the system. Look, this whole "giving people an incentive to recycle while relying on their being too lazy to recycle to fund recycling programs" bit is nice and all, in a roundabout sort of way, it's also pretty useless and half-assed. Why don't we, I don't know, levy a tax on billionaire mayors, or something?

Oh wait, I forgot -- we're busy increasing cigarette taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, and all those other flat taxes that disproportionately affect the poor.

Besides, recycling's a joke. We all know where "curbside pickup" ends up.

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