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Wash Your Bags -- Or Else

Diogenese_wy Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 4:21 AM
The rule of unintended consequences, something the liberal/progressive mind cannot fathom.
Vic156 Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 9:33 AM
The thing that most people who wish to rule cannot fathom is that every gov't action will have some unforeseen consequences. Some of those consequences will be very negative.
San Francisco passed America's first ban on plastic bags in chain groceries and drugstores in 2007. In a research paper for the Institute for Law and Economics, law professors Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright crunched state and federal data on emergency room admissions and food-borne illness deaths and figured that the San Francisco ban "led to an increase in infections immediately upon implementation."

They found a 46 percent rise in food-borne illness deaths. The bottom line: "Our results suggest that the San Francisco ban led to, conservatively, 5.4 annual additional deaths."

So is San Francisco's bag ban a killer? Conceivably, yes, but probably...