Take Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC). He had the audacity to opine that government should not regulate food workers to wash their hands after visiting the bathroom. Why? Tillis said: "The market will take care of that."
Tillis believes that routine hygiene rules are an object lesson of government overreach. He 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."
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
kind of mentality we need to have to reduce the regulatory burden on
Is TheHill.com trying to make Senator Tillis look stupid? Think about it:
- First: The regulation requiring employees to wash their hands is unenforceable, that is, unless the government hire a bunch of spies (with all of the benefits of being a government employee) to police every restaurant bathroom across the fruited plain during regular business hours.
- Second: Posting a sign "reminding" employees to wash their hands provides absolutely zero guarantee that those employees will, in fact, wash their hands. Would putting a camera in every bathroom that’s monitored by the Bathroom Police” provide that guarantee? Maybe. But, at what cost?
- Third: Wouldn’t posting a sign stating, as Tillis suggests, "Employees of this establishment are not required to wash their hands after using the bathroom," be far more likely to impact behavior in the marketplace?
- Fourth: Isn't it more appropriate for those who own restaurants, not government regulators paid on the taxpayers' dime, to regulate this behavior themselves?
What Tillis did was to make an observation that challenges the regulatory power of the federal government. Fine...and he happens to be correct. But, what Tillis also did, perhaps unintentionally, was to provide TheHill.com cannon fodder to portray Tillis as a hayseed, country bumpkin,rustic hick from North Carolina.
Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" was quick to follow up:
It's too late when a Senator has to explain himself, as Tillis later did to TheHill.com:
I think anybody who was there or actually watched the video and saw
the context that I was talking about knows what kind of hogwash it is.
It sounds like they got hold of a blogger to get the story spun up. Of
course it needs to be regulated. If you noticed it was one of the instances
at the very tail end, it was clearly meant as a joke. Even [the moderator]
at the end said "Well now I'm not sure I should shake your hand." It was
TheHill.com is now reporting that Tillis is doubling down on his observation, refusing to withdraw his "small potatoes" point about overregulation. He told TheHill.com:
What we were trying to do is point to the serious subject of overregulation
which was the whole context of the discussion. That's why I used it as an
example, because it was an extreme example where the market would
demand that kind of behavior.
Being correct and having the most principled rationale doesn't work with the mainstream media, Senator Tillis, as you will discover in six years.
Lesson to Senator Thom Tillis: From Day #1, you have been targeted for defeat in 2020 by the mainstream media. Focusing as you did upon the small potatoes provided a slam dunk for the mainstream media to portray you as a hayseed, country bumpkin, rustic hick from North Carolina. They did and happily so, Senator Dunghands Von Fecalfingers, courtesy of yourself. Please focus on the big potatoes.
Let the discussion begin...
To read TheHill.com's first report, click on the following link:
To read TheHill.com's follow up report, click on the following link: