Remember when recycling was voluntary... it was too good to last. Don't get me wrong, I am in favor of recycling everything we use. It's just that millions of people are out of work and many millions more are earning less than they used to; a lot less.
Government workers are paid out of tax revenue. When tax revenue goes down, pressure is on governments to take a pay cut, cut hours or let some people go. Oh no! They intend to maintain the lifestyle they have become accustomed to. Instead of making cuts somewhere, they are getting creative; increasing fees, increasing fines and in the case of Cleveland... inventing new fines.
It seems to me that squeezing revenue out of struggling citizens in hard times is not serving their needs. It is preying upon them. When government officials and employees behave like this, they are not servants of the people. They are self-serving, greedy tyrants that need to be voted out of office.
Look out America, this is heading your way. Read it and weep.
Intelligent Trash Bins To Enforce Recycling
August 24, 2010
The city of Cleveland is implementing a waste-conscious initiative to enforce recycling efforts. 25,000 households per year will be provided with intelligent recycling bins equipped with sensors that passively detect how frequently residents bring recycling to the curb – until all 150,000 homes are covered. Households are fined if they fail to bring their recycling out frequently, and are found to have more than 10% recyclable material in their regular trash.
Similar programs have been launched in England that measure the amount of waste thrown out, fining households for excess waste.
City of Cleveland
My name is Patrick M McCormick and I have created this blog as a platform for my political views as well as those of select contributors.
I believe that American Politicians have lost sight of their goal: To uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of the people of the United States. They argue and bicker on the floor of their respective houses, positioning themselves for the next election, while they accomplish very little business for the citizens of this country.
Meanwhile our economy is sliding downward. Millions of our precious jobs have have been exported overseas. Our social safety net and other public services are being cut. Our middle class is rapidly disappearing and the numbers of citizens existing below the poverty line is increasing dramatically.
I plan to examine the causes of these terrible changes to our American way of life. Your comments will help us all arrive at some important conclusions.