Today is National Recycling Day (or something like that). There’s even a presidential proclamation about it.

“I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities, and I encourage all Americans to continue their reducing, reusing, and recycling efforts throughout the year,” U.S. President Barack Obama wrote.

So … what do we consider to be an “appropriate” pro-recycling activity?  How about osting a picture of Columbia, S.C. recycling director Tiffany Jaspers in her bikini?

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Now if that doesn’t make people want to recycle, nothing will.

In all seriousness, though – we love recycling.  We also love composting (little known face: used coffee grounds are the key to our founding editor’s award winning azaleas).  Reusing and recycling are not only in keeping with the Biblical notion of stewardship, but they also benefit the environment.

In other words this is an issue that Jesus-fearing social conservatives and Mother Earth-loving social liberals should agree on … at least insofar as the basic principle is concerned.

Having said all of that, recycling is not a core function of government … and it’s become painfully clear that the green movement in this country is less about environmental protection and more about expanding government’s role in our economy (with disastrous consequences).