Tillis: Demanding hand-washing AFTER you pee = government tyranny

Thom TillisHoly cow.  If you thought Renee Ellmers was one hot PR mess — wait until you get a load of our junior US senator.  We posted earlier about  ol’ Thom’s debut with the Bipartisan Policy Center.    Some of his remarks there are making national headlines. And NOT in a good way: 

During a Q&A at the Bipartisan Policy Center on Monday, Tillis related a story from his time in the state legislature in 2010, complaining that the U.S. is “one of the most regulated nations in the history of the planet,” video via C-SPAN shows.

“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,'” the senator said.

Tillis said his interlocutor was in disbelief, and asked whether he thought businesses should be allowed to “opt out” of requiring employees to wash their hands after using the restroom.

The senator said he’d be fine with it, so long as businesses made this clear in “advertising” and “employment literature.”

So, they can opt out of making employees wash their hands, but they CAN’T opt out of requirements to inform patrons of that policy? Interesting.  MORE: 

[…] “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,” Tillis said.

“The market will take care of that,” he added, to laughter from the audience.thomhands

Wrapping up the Q&A, the moderator joked to Tillis, “I’m not sure I’m gonna shake your hand.”

It’s interesting to hear this concern about big government from a guy who forced ”alternative energy mandates” on utilities that jack up costs to consumers. We detected a pattern during the 2014 Senate campaign that suggested Tillis’s campaign positions were shaped by the agendas of his biggest contributors.  It might be worth reviewing his 2014 reports to see if we can spot anyone who might not be a big fan of hand-washing.  

We’re as anti- big government as they come.  But one thing we don’t mind is DEMANDING that the people who prepare our food and beverages, and provide dental and medical services to us maintain high standards of hygiene.

14 comments for “Tillis: Demanding hand-washing AFTER you pee = government tyranny

  1. Frances
    February 3, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    In defense of Tillis,I think he was trying to express that we are so overly regulated and many situations do not affect other people on laws that were passed. Common sense has been thrown out the window and we should expect hand washing everywhere for health reasons but a perfect example of the Nanny State, our children in public schools can no longer consume whole milk but can have chocolate milk. Go figure I think the sugar would be an issue.

    • Mike
      February 4, 2015 at 2:06 am

      We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union – ” promote the general Welfare,” Dag nabbit, promoting sanitary regulations for the general welfare of We the People sounds so commie to a flag pinned moron.

      Those words must be the most despised in the English language in *real* America’s United States of Bloodbath & Beyond. Those forefathers were rather prescient long before the red, white & blue infamous mass killer, Typhoid Mary, didn’t wash the feces off her hands after going to the bathroom.

    • JBP
      February 4, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      What is so precious about this Tillis gem is that while he thinks that eating establishments should not be required to have a hand washing policy they SHOULD BE REQUIRED to make people aware of their policy. It’s a wash!

  2. Raphael
    February 4, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Tillis is out to lunch on which government regulation are an onerous burden on citizens. It is not the sensible health regulation he mentioned. A better example would be the Renewable Energy Mandate, which forces utilities to buy expensive and unreliable green energy, the extra cost of which is passed on to consumers in higher electric bills. But, uh-oh, Tillis supported screwing consumers on that one! Tillis and Obama are on the same page when it comes to this major boondoggle.

  3. Nancy P. Cornelius
    February 4, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Tillis clearly has had too many lunches with his cronies at ALEC. In his crusade to champion the wishes of big business he has ignored the fact that many regulations are required to shape behavior conducive to the health and well-being of citizens. I heard a similar argument once that we should stop regulating the trucking industry. The theory was that the companies who run unsafe trucks will eventually go out of business. The market will “take care of itself”. Of course, no mention of how many citizens will be maimed or killed in the meantime.

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    • Ricardo Mateo
      February 4, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Which must mean you want more government regulations. Would you eat at a restaurant that didn’t have a hand washing policy?

      • No Left Turn
        February 4, 2015 at 2:53 pm

        Do any of you recall any restaurants having a hand-washing policy with accompanying signage in the 50s and 60s? I don’t.

        One of my Southern hometown’s best restaurants was located in a feed and seed store that also kept a cage of baby chicks for sale, a couple of aisles over from the eating area. Farmers would come in for lunch, wearing overalls, covered in all sorts of goo. Nobody gave it a second thought.

        How did we manage to reach adulthood without Fedzilla around to sanitize the world for us?

        That said, wonder if people will start pulling on a latex glove, before shaking Tillis’ hand, now?

      • Nancy P. Cornelius
        February 4, 2015 at 3:13 pm

        I want to keep common sense regulations, and to get rid of over burdensome regulations that stifle business and unnecessarily limit our freedom. For example, the bloated program to build High Occupancy Toll Lanes on I77 north of Charlotte
        Intead of the much simpler, more effective and cheaper general purpose lane solution. Thom Tillis has proven by his support of the tolls that he is not a small government proponent.

  4. Ricardo Mateo
    February 4, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Senator Tillis of NC doesn’t believe central government brown shirts should be in restaurants checking on employees to see if they wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Eating establishments can state their policy and let the free market work. Demonrats, of course, want central government regulations. What say you?

  5. jr cooper
    February 4, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    You cannot smoke in restaurant restrooms so the same cops who monitor that can monitor hand washing. And then make sure everyone using the bathroom has been vaccinated for measles.

    • No Left Turn
      February 4, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      I’d rather just hold it.

  6. J Bink
    February 5, 2015 at 1:15 am

    He chose an easily defended example of the nanny state to give the media a good reason to ridicule “small government” Conservative.

    Either that or he’s a complete imbecile.

  7. Darlene
    February 5, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I think I must have missed something here. Are you aware of the reason for hand washing after using the toilet? Prevention of the spread of diseases such as Hepatitis A, and other nasty things transmitted the fecal-oral route. Many of our food handlers have never been taught that there is a connection between poop on your hands and getting sick. These rules have been around for a long time and have nothing to do with “politics”. Mr Tillis needs to do his homework before going out on a limb. I did not want to vote for him, but did, and he has started his term acting stupid.

    • No Left Turn
      February 6, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Tillis behaved stupidly, long before he became a Senator, but that didn’t stop the Clothespin Brigade from electing him.

      Do they also don clothespins, when they’re served rotten food, and just blindly swallow?

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