Most Republicans run for office on the premise of being anti-government, but as we all know the GOP is nothing of the sort. The fact is, Republicans often love government when they can use it to benefit something that they support, such as bans on same-sex marriage or restricting the abortion rights of women.
But be that as it may, it doesn’t stop Republican politicians from running on a strict “small government” platform – even if it’s really just a myth driven by right-wing propaganda.
And in the spirit of “small government” rhetoric, perhaps many of you heard about Sen. Tom Tillis (R-NC) and his comments pertaining to the regulation mandating that businesses require their employees to wash their hands after using the restroom.
Essentially, Tillis doesn’t believe that the regulation is needed and feels that businesses should be able to opt-out of this requirement. According to him the market will “take care of” businesses that would choose not to require their employees to wash their hands after using the restroom.
Well, last night Jon Stewart decided to voice his opinion about “Mr. Unclean’s” absurd comments.
“Senator, really?! You don’t want the guy to have to wash his hands after using the bathroom?” Stewart asked.
Stewart then mocked the suggestion by the senator that those businesses that choose to opt-out of requiring their employees to wash their hands after using the restroom must then hang a sign letting customers know that their employees are not required to do so.
“You do realize that’s a regulation too, right?” he asked.
Stewart is absolutely correct. All the senator did was suggest we remove one rational and reasonable regulation and replace it with a pointless one. Because in a true “free market” we would simply allow businesses to behave in whatever manner they wanted without any legal requirements to maintain any particular level of cleanliness or inform customers of anything they didn’t feel like divulging.
But the moment a law was passed requiring that businesses inform customers that their employees don’t have to wash their hands after using the restroom, that’s a regulation. And if you’re going to require that businesses post that sign, then we might as well just go ahead and keep the regulation requiring employees to wash their hands after using the restroom – you know, because that actually makes sense.
Sen. Tillis perfectly showcased the idiocy of the “small government/anti-regulation” conservative. He literally suggested replacing one reasonable and rational regulation with an idiotic one all for the sake of continuing to push the anti-regulation/small government propaganda on which the GOP thrives. And none of it made any sense.
It’s pathetic that Sen. Tillis is so reliant on simply regurgitating GOP talking points that when it came to a regulation as uncontroversial as requiring employees to wash their hands after using the restroom, he still couldn’t make himself simply say he supported it. Instead he chose to spout off some gibberish about the free market and ultimately just ended up embarrassing himself.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: