California County Tackles Top Crisis Facing Our Country: Tiny Plastic Shampoo Bottles

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The state of California is facing numerous crises. Thousands of migrants storm their borders. Homelessness is at epidemic levels. High taxes and government regulation are driving businesses away. But one California county has decided to solve the real problem plaguing our country — hotel shampoo bottles.

Santa Cruz Country passed a new large targeting America’s biggest threat: tiny shampoo bottles. (Photo Credit: Uggboy/Flickr)

Since Donald Trump entered the White House, the state of California has been in meltdown mode. It seems their liberal supermajority has decided to oppose every common-sense initiative proposed by Trump to help the country.

Gov. Jerry Brown made the entire state a sanctuary for undocumented aliens. In recent years, the rest of the country has been baffled by the issues that California prioritizes.

Meanwhile, the state has suffered from tremendous setbacks. Homelessness is so bad in California, it makes up a whopping 25% of the entire nation’s homeless population. In recent years, drought, mudslides, and wildfires have devastated the state. People have lost their homes, businesses, and livelihoods.

It’s clear that the leaders of the state need to take strong action to right the ship. They need to enact policy that jumpstart’s the states local economy, improve border security, and make efforts to combat natural disasters.

Just kidding! They’re going to ban those tiny bottles of shampoo in hotels!

In what officials believe to be the first ordinance of its kind nationwide, Santa Cruz County approved a ban on small, single-use plastic bottles of personal care products in hotels, vacation rentals and other visitor accommodations in the unincorporated county…

Unanimously approved by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Nov. 20, the ordinance is scheduled to return before the board for final adoption Dec. 4.

It would go into effect Dec. 31, 2020, a delay designed to cushion the local hospitality industry and give hoteliers a chance to use up existing stock.

Officials say the ban is a natural next step in the county’s ongoing effort to cut back on plastic waste to protect public health and the Monterey Bay’s ecosystem. [Source: The Times Standard]

Oh, thank goodness! I was worried those little bottles would ruin the country. I mean, they’re so small and hold such tiny amounts of shampoo. That really is a problem.

Forget about the rising poverty, homelessness, and destruction facing California. We need to ban plastic bottles!

This isn’t the first time Santa Cruz County wasted tax dollars on pointless legislation. They led the way in the infamous plastic straw ban.

Santa Cruz County was among the first to ban plastic straws, bags and Styrofoam to-go containers — bans that are now common in many municipalities across the state…

Instead of offering the small, disposable bottles, Santa Cruz County hotels must stock rooms with larger bottles or dispensers.  [Source: SF Gate]

Why are liberals so terrified of plastic? In the United States, we have robust recycling programs that ensure plastic doesn’t enter the environment. And, given the many larger problems facing California and our nation, maybe Santa Cruz shouldn’t be worrying about tiny bottles.

Especially since the many hotel chains that sustain their tourist industry will now have to front the cost of changing their hotels. They’ll have to purchase larger bottles (a massive increase in cost) or install dispensers in hotel rooms. Both options will increase costs, leading to higher rates for visitors. (And still require the use of plastic that can enter the environment, duh!)

Is that really worth it? How many travelers will decide to go somewhere else, simply to save money?

We know that idiotic regulation, like this, hurts businesses and drives up costs. Consumers and companies suffer because of self-righteous lawmakers who want to appear to be doing something.

Instead, they ignore their state’s real problems to focus on something so insignificant, nobody will benefit. Yet I’m sure these lawmakers will strut around, come election time, pretending like they saved the world. Me? I’ll find somewhere else to visit for my next vacation.