Senator Thom Tillis is a first-term Republican from North Carolina who apparently really, really thinks government regulations are too much. Thom Tillis apparently also thinks that restaurant employees should be able to not wash their hands after using the bathroom, so long as there’s a sign alerting customers to that fact.
Granted, this is a hypothetical situation and nobody in their right mind would want their food handled by someone who hasn’t washed their hands after wiping their backside – but this is very indicative of the disconnect many Republicans have when it comes to government regulations.
During a Monday Q&A session with the Bipartisan Policy Center, Thom Tillis said this in regards to health and safety regulations:
“I was having a discussion with someone, and we were at a Starbucks in my district, and we were talking about certain regulations where I felt like ‘maybe you should allow businesses to opt out,’” Tillis said.
They just happened to be sitting by the bathroom, and an employee went in there.
“She says, for example, don’t you believe that this regulation that requires this gentleman to wash his hands before he serves you food is important?” Tillis recalled. “I said: ‘I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy as long as they post a sign that says ‘We don’t require our employees to wash their hands after leaving the restroom.’” (Source)
Thom Tillis, like a lot of other people in his party, are incredible hypocrites when it comes to these matters. You see, they really love regulations when it is on the rights of individuals but not so much when it comes to businesses. In the world of Thom Tillis, it is the poor Starbucks coffeehouses and Chick-Fil-A restaurants in the United States struggling to stay alive under the foot of the repressive, liberal government lead by the EPA, OSHA and other regulatory bodies. Simply making a company have their employees wash their hands after touching their naughty bits and before touching something that is about to go into your mouth is infringing the rights of the poor business that is just barely getting by.
Thom Tillis then argues that the “free market” would take care of the problem – and he’s right, to some extent. I suppose that after a few cases of hepatitis being traced by the health department to my local Subway and the local news reporting on employees not washing their hands, that would probably wipe most of their business. Except if Thom Tillis and others had their way, there probably wouldn’t be a public health department either since that would also be unfair government regulation. Because, you know, the “free market.”
Guess what Thom Tillis doesn’t think is undue government interference and regulation? If you guessed involving politicians in matters of women’s healthcare, you’d be right. In his recent race against Kay Hagan for North Carolina’s Senate seat, he supported a ban on abortion and even thought the state had the right to ban contraceptives. If you also guessed wanting the government to enforce religious beliefs and discriminate against same-sex couples, you’d also be right. Tillis was also one of the last holdouts desperately trying to keep North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage on the books, despite the fact it was an unfair, unjust government regulation.
You can watch the C-SPAN video here with the remarks in question beginning around the 42:00 mark. You can also feel free to send Thom Tillis a message on Facebook letting him know how disgusted you are by his attitude on personal hygiene.
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