There is nothing to think or talk about, nothing to study or review, nothing to listen to or acknowledge — The answer should still be NO.  No new or extended taxes, fees or charges should be assigned to the American people.  We’re taxed enough and the money is being wasted.  Agreeing to pay more allows the waste to continue unchecked.  Tell the Politicians to stop asking for more and start doing their jobs right.  We employ them.

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As an Affiliate of Amazon’s Associates Program, I received the following e-mail.  Once again Politicians are hard at work quashing our ability to earn a living, because it’s easier to assess fees, taxes, tolls and tariffs than it is to do their respective jobs — It’s a continued grab and waste game that needs to stop.  Though Amazon’s decision has a direct impact on me, I applaud them for immediately dropping out.  What other business is it going to kill?

Hello. Unfortunately Governor Brown has signed into law the bill that we emailed you about earlier today. As a result of this, contracts with all California residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program are terminated effective today, June 29, 2011. Those California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned before today will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect your ability to purchase from Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com.

We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. As mentioned before, we are continuing to work on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available.

Regards, The Amazon Associates Team

I complained that plastic bags are being made too thin and break more often than not.  The clerk said it’s a good thing because it breaks down in the environment more quickly — I should have asked her how much more quickly.  Give me a break!  If plastic bags are a major problem, why not stop manufacturing them all together and only offer paper?  I’m okay with that.

Instead the decision to cheapify plastic bags has compounded problems.  My groceries/purchases now need to be double bagged, since I’m not always walking around with my “green” bags in hand.  If plastic bags are going to be manufactured, they should be reasonably sturdy — I always recycle them, but since they’re being made so cheaply these days, they haven’t been reusable, and thus a complete waste times two.

Too many grocery items have broken falling through the bottom of ridiculously thin plastic bags forced on the public under the guise of the go green campaign, which a lot of clerks/companies seem to buy into.  “Green” helps to guilt the public into paying a proposed bag tax.  Again, our US government wants us to pay more for less. 

Don’t let it happen.  If a bag tax is deemed necessary for the environment (scare tactic), it should be paid by manufacturers.  And if plastic bags are available, I don’t need the attitude for asking that my pickles be double bagged.  Do your part respecting the beauty of God’s Earth and don’t fall for ALL the go green rah rah.  We really don’t have that much control.  Environmental extremism is the next big wave of political and corporate thievery.  Taxing and charging doesn’t make the environment cleaner.  And don’t even get me started on the carbon footprint pay-off BS.

Related Links:

http://www.stopthebagtax.com/

http://www.dailynews.com/editorial/ci_12555349