The Unwashed Free Hand

Proving yet again that Libertarians are morons, I bring you North Carolina “free market” Republican Thom Tillis:

WASHINGTON (AP) β€” Congressional Republicans are challenging several health regulations, with one senator suggesting restaurants shouldn’t have to make their employees wash their hands after bathroom visits.

Such restaurants would have to prominently disclose their decision, and then would probably would go out of business, said newly elected GOP Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina. But they should have that choice, he said.


“Let them decide” such issues, Tillis said, adding: “That’s probably one where every business that did that would go out of business. But I think it’s good to illustrate the point, that that’s the sort of mentality we need to have to reduce the regulatory burden on this country.”

Um, Okay. So basically you want to get rid of one regulation requiring employees wash their hands and replace it with a different one requiring restaurants post a sign if they opt out. This is preferable how? Because it sounds more shiny, sparkly, free-markety? Really? Because all you’re doing is shifting the “burden” to restaurant consumers, who would then have to hunt around for some sign. Never mind the idea that if you’re going to opt out of a hand-washing regulation, maybe you’ll dodge a sign-posting one, too. We’ll just never know.

This makes my life better how, exactly?

See, this is what’s wrong with Libertarians. They think that the glorious unfettered magical free hand of the market makes everything wonderful when all it really does is burden the general public. You know what? I have a life. I don’t want to have to research every fucking restaurant in town to determine if they’re opting out of certain health regulations or not. I’d much rather have a health department fully staffed with health inspectors who enforce our health laws. If we truly did make our restaurant health regulations optional, I’d never eat out again. Because if you’re going to skirt one, you’ll no doubt skirt all the others. And for fuck sakes, Thom Tillis: a regulation is a goddamn regulation. One isn’t “better” because it sounds more “choicey.”

You people are fucking idiots. Please, let’s keep them as far away from the reins of power as possible.


Filed under deregulation, Libertarians, Republican Party

20 responses to “The Unwashed Free Hand

  1. Moira MacGaothin

    But they are all over the south. Southern and Midwestern state’s elected these morons into congress by the hundreds. The only good news is that come 2016, we limbs will have tons of statements fresh from these guys’ mouths to put in TV and radio ads, so we can remind sane Americans of the consequences of not voting in midterms.

  2. Moira MacGaothin

    States. Not state’s. Damned autocorrect. And it’s we Libs, not limbs!

    • Ha. Limbs. I love it. Because it will take a lot of legwork to match the dollar power of the Art Pope’s and Koch Bros. buying this country’s elections.

    • CB

      Well, darn. I had a lovely image romping through my head of progressive ‘limbs’, spreading all over the country, smacking down the rwnjs, like the Whomping Willow. Ok, it’s liberal. I’ll take that, too. πŸ˜€

  3. Kosh III

    Yeah, Libertarians and faux-libertarians(Rand Paul) think the magical market would have eliminated Jim Crow and every other vile action because of Adam Smith or something…….

  4. Shutter

    So.. what he is really saying is one Free Hand of the Market doesn’t have to wash the other Free Hand of the Market.

  5. Mary L. Wilson

    Ok, I have researched what ‘libertarians’ believe going back to Ron Paul’s run for President. They believe in money and keeping it all, and Ron didn’t even believe in banks but advised his followers to keep their money at home, secret. Of course they do not believe in paying taxes on their income. They are also connected to racist groups, or at least Ron Paul was, supporting David Duke for all the elections he ran in. Ron Paul has always said he is against all war, but I am not sure that holds true for all. And Rand Paul’s attempt to win black and hispanic voters by addressing kids at black colleges was just pathetic. And his fake certification as a doctor should be pointed out. He had two lawsuits filed against him for malpractice.

  6. This is a breath of fresh air. Usually, the Republicans only tell you to eat shit figuratively; now one is telling us to do it literally.

  7. Now we know why cons sometimes refer to themselves as “The unwashed masses.” BTW…for more adventures in wackadoodle search “June Griffin prayer before Tenn Senate to stop Medicaid expansion.”

    • Yeah I saw that on Pith yesterday. Opening the TN state senate with a prayer asking God to stop the expansion of Medicaid. What’s wrong with this picture? Let me count the ways … and right on cue, Tennessee is once again a national laughingstock. Thanks you, Sen. Niceley, for foisting this humiliation on us.

  8. Duke of Clay

    Well, A real Libertarian would believe that Big Government should not be dictating to restaurants that they should post signs telling customers that they don’t require hand washing from their employees. The magic of the marketplace shouldn’t come into play until people start getting sick and dying from unsanitary food. Then they will stop eating there.

    • Of course. And according to Thom Tillis, that opens magically, overnight!

      You know, I once got horrendous food poisoning from a Wendy’s cheeseburger. I couldn’t eat meat for a year. Just the smell of a hamburger made me want to gag for months. I’ve never eaten at a Wendy’s again. Yet magically they’re still in business.

  9. onyxpnina

    Someone (although not me, because I have totally lost patience) should explain to Mr. Tillis, using very small words, about /T/y/p/h/o/i/d/ /M/a/r/y/ basic hygiene. Although he sounds too ignorant to learn.

  10. tal

    Huge improvements were made in public health in the last century, and many of the benefits came about through really simple measures having to do with helping people avoid exposure to fecal matter. Out houses, then sewage treatment plants or septic systems stopped the transmission of many diseases and parasites. It wasn’t rocket science; just preventing contact with human waste. Food service regulations if followed take care of a lot of other illness exposure. States license, and inspect restaurants maybe once a year unless there is a complaint or outbreak of food poisoning. What I’m saying is we get a lot of benefits for minimally funded programs. People comply with the regulations not because they necessarily want to, but because they need that health department “Approved” sticker and license to operate their business. And then along comes the Vastly Ignorant Tillis, looking to break something that is already fixed. Holy crap, indeed.

  11. democommie

    I was at the Physical Therapy place the other day and the guy who runs it (a large, scary–cuz he hurts me and gets PAID to do it!–blahman) was runnin’ a li’l rant by me. He’s one of those people who believes that GOD sez in teh Wholly Babble that we’re just gonna haz the poors with us, so tryin’ to bring ’em up outta poverty is NOT a good thing. I thought that it was deliciously ironic that he was talking to me–somebody who’s only there because the VA is paying for it.

    I did tell him I was in favor of Norplant for teh wimmenz who have endless babeez. He’s VERY much against that–personal responsibility is all that’s required.

    Did I mention that he’s black? AND aligning himself with people who would be perfectly happy to enslave/exterminate him and his like?

    • “The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.” Matthew, Mark AND John. Must be pretty important to be in three out of four Gospels, yes? (I don’t THINK it’s also in Luke but I’m a little rusty on my Scripture). What a lot of people miss is that this is not prophecy but rather a very searing (and wise) indictment of flawed human nature, aka human sin. It is humanity’s shame that Jesus is speaking of, not a get out of jail free card. We will always have the poor because we are always going to have those who would rather ignore the suffering of our fellow man. And when we do so, we do not have Him.

      End of sermon.

  12. “North Alabama was full of Liquor Interests, Big Mules, steel companies, Republicans, professors, and other persons of no background.”

    Welcome back Scout.