Your average person understands
The reason that the law demands
Employees all must wash their hands
Before they work with food.
A toilet trip or sudden sneeze,
Or scores of little things like these
Make hands a vector for disease—
On top of which, it’s rude!
But now we see Thom Tillis yearned
To see our culture soon returned
To days before we’d ever learned
Of germs—it’s rather scary!
He wants to set his people free
To keep their thoughts on Me! Me! Me!
With hand in (dirty) hand, we’ll be
The modern Typhoid Mary!
Senator Thom Tillis has a better answer than government-mandated workplace sanitation–the magical free market!
In a week packed with news over concerns for public health, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) described his own history of opposing certain health and hygiene regulations, including those that require employees to wash their hands after using the bathroom.
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.
Because the government forcing you to do something that is in your best interest is worse than dysentery, apparently. But don’t worry, the market will save you!
“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.
I am a little unclear on one part, though. Since a sign like that is bound to cut into sales, what business would post it, unless they were forced to by government mandate?
So… Senator Tillis must not be opposed to all mandates.
I think maybe he just doesn’t like washing his hands. Remember that, next time you see him with his hand out, say, at a fundraiser.