Jon Stewart Slams Idiot Republican’s Hypocrisy on Government Regulations (Video)

jon-stewart-thom-tillisMost 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:




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    Its a pretty big and disingenuous stretch to imply that Tillis’s position on hand washing is a reflection of how the entire Republican party feels about it. Its right on par with implying all Muslims support burning people alive.

    There is a lot of criticism of Fox but I think much more harm is being done by the growing reliance on Comedy Central by Liberals as their primary news source.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      you know what’s worse? The amount of Conservatives who get their “news” from Rush Limbaugh, World Nut Daily, Faux News, etc. That is the real harm being done to our country, as they don’t deal news, they deal in sensationalism and fear.

      • Jim Bean

        The amount of resources Fox has to devote to collecting information and delivering it to me dwarfs all the others. You think I should be trusting ‘my helicopter was shot down’ Brian Williams instead? What is your definition of “sensationalism”?

      • lindylou

        They might have binders of resources, but really, Jim, do they apply the information?

      • Jim Bean

        I believe they do. Sometimes they get it wrong. Sometimes they go overboard. Sometimes I don’t agree with their thinking. And, I realize they are opinionated to the Right and I adjust accordingly.

        I’m a DISH customer and lost FOX for three weeks during which I had plenty of time to sample the alternatives. Ain’t no body out there coming close to providing the wealth of information, particularly in the area of American politics, that FOX does.
        They are on the Obama administration like flies on poop and that is why the Left hates them and invests so much energy into discrediting them. But from my perspective, that is a public service that we all benefit, in the long run, from having them do.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        You are right, they are all over the Obama administration so much that they make up scandals and perpetuate lies and repeat the same thing over and over again. They see controversy and scandal where they don’t exist, so much so, that reasonable people understand that Fox makes it up.
        It’s hilarious the immediate switch they made when Democrats took control. They were cheerleaders for the Bush administration for it’s entirety, and then immediately turned to opposition upon the election of President Obama. Ergo, it’s not news. It is pure propaganda for republicans. Period. There is no minor slant, it is pure GOP propaganda.

      • Jim Bean

        I don’t buy the first part of that. The scandals were real. Only the degree is arguable and the argument is pointless because the Left accepts lying (by the Left only) as ‘acceptable conduct’ and that corrupts the debate. (You’ve got a new non-scandal in Bergdahl, btw)

        The second part I might buy. I wasn’t as engaged and critical during the Bush years. When/if we get a Pub administration I find they are less critical, I’ll search out an alternative. Currently, they are busy tearing into Tillis on the hand washing thing and Ryan and Christie over vaccines. So at the moment, what I’m seeing contradicts what you have been told you would expect to see there.

      • FD Brian

        The left, the reasonable ones, (and there are nut balls on the left just like the right) don’t like lying, I know I don’t and several others who don’t as well.

        Now the right does happen to make a mountain out of a mole hill in many instances from blow jobs in the oral office, to Benghazi (not that Benghazi was a mole hill so maybe a bad example but you get my drift).

      • lindylou

        Well, for one, I WAS engaged during the Bush endless years. He was never president. Cheney and Rumsfeld were.

      • lindylou

        I am particularly fascinated by the fact that 60 members of the RNC are the guests of an all expenses paid tour of Israel sponsored by the AFA, an avowed hate group.

      • lindylou

        You should know that there are plenty of sites that also caution Obama. Fox’s “wealth of information” consists largely of over the top (or is it under the bottom) misinformation (lies) intended to boost Fox’s main objective which is to feed their specific message to the flaming torch and pitchfork crowd. You might pride yourself in “adjusting accordingly” but you are starting at a lower point and must have a huge amount of adjusting to do.

      • Jim Bean

        Then you shouldn’t have any trouble going to the Fox website right now, finding three stories that are lies, and then telling me which ones they are in your next reply.

    • FD Brian

      As usual, I think you missed the point. The hand washing was just an example of the bigger problem that exists in the republican party and the idiocy of the thought process that goes behind what they think are rational decisions.

      • Jim Bean

        I would sooner think its an example of how determined Left is to grasp at anything to advertise themselves as the smarter lot. And this level of silliness can only be attributed to extreme levels of desperation and self doubt.

      • lindylou

        Bottom line, Jim, did Tillis or did he not challenge the practice of handwashing.

      • Jim Bean

        Yes. He’s an idiot. And it should begin and end with him – just like these same liberals know the burning of the Jordanian pilot should end with the people who committed the act.

      • lindylou

        And all of this in the framework of the Republican support of total mindless oppositional speechifying. Say it enough and see if it will get votes.

      • lindylou

        And to further than thought, the GOP is currying the approval of anything that is anti-education. We need to understand that the underlying financiers of the republican candidates from mostly the Kochs is a facade. They are not Christian nor anti education, but when they have the power that would be wielded by these cranks (think Ernst), they will have it all. All they need is a good theme song from Ted Nugent with Sister Sarah singing chorus.

      • FD Brian

        The right makes it really easy to do this sort of critique all the time. The left doesn’t have to grasp at straws at all, it actually has to restrain itself in most instances of these things. The problem the right has is that they let people like Tillis, Bachman and the rest of the nut bunch talk in public.

    • Jillz

      it actually IS a reflection of the “free market” people who seem really to believe that corporations would voluntarily take care of public health-related issues if there were less regulations, even though they’ve already proven time and time again that even WITH regulations, they don’t care about the public good.

      This article isn’t about Tillis’ feelings about whether there should be hand-washing regulations; it’s pointing out the hypocrisy of a politician crying to get rid of a regulation that contributes to public safety in favor of another regulation that supports and enables a business to be careless with public safety. The point is that this guy is saying there should be no regulations (hand washing), but in order to achieve this goal, must create regulations (posting of signs). Ludicrous.

      Typical: who cares about the people as long as corporations are taken care of.

      Again about Comedy Central – the presentation might be comedic but the news is factual.

      • Jim Bean

        If that was the point intended, the author would have restricted his comments to Tillis and left the Republican Party out of it.

      • Jillz

        *smiles* Ok, Jim, sure. Because Tillis is the only Republican who makes these idiotic statements without thought to the bigger picture.

      • Jim Bean

        See my reply to lindylou.

      • Jillz

        I read your response to LindyLou (below)

        If the Republican Party wasn’t currently taken over by such a high level of bat-sh*t crazy right now, I would agree that if an idiot speaks out, only the idiot should be castigated.

        Unfortunately, since the Party seems unable to get rid of the bat-sh*t, they are all stuck with the stink.

        There are those who lean far, far left, that the right thinks are bat-sh*t too. The difference is that they don’t have the same kind of choke-hold on the Democrat Party as the teabaggers and faux evangelicals do on the right.

      • lindylou

        Spot on, and thank you.

    • Cemetery Girl

      I think you’re the only one to make the leap to Republicans don’t support hand washing. (Does anyone? I know there is disagreement on anti-bacterial soaps, but opposing hand washing?) The point was opposing regulations and wanting to replace them with a more useless regulation.

  • GenerallyConfused

    Typhoid Mary anyone?

  • J man

    Jim, That’s not what he was implying. lol

  • bobby dickey

    This is so typical of right wingers.With all that is happening in our country and the world,he wastes everyone’s time and energy on this BS.If his house was burning down, he would be more concerned about digging up his mailbox to save it …I’ll go ahead and say it, can’t these otherwise intelligent people who vote for people like him,see it for what it is…stupidity, which would make them stupid as well

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    I may just have to get a part time job as a waiter or cook at Tom Tillis’ favorite restaurant. He is going to love what I will serve him up…..

  • You stayed home and didn’t vote, this is what you get. And you can’t wash your hands of this moron for another 6 years.