Via Tengrain, we have a wonderful tale of E. coli conservatism from North Carolina. In a crusade against the tyranny of burdensome government regulations, Senator Thom Tillis pulled this wonderful talking point out of his ass, recalling a conversation with a constituent:
“She said, for example, don’t you believe that the regulation that requires this gentleman to wash his hands before he serves your food is important, that it should be on the books?” Tillis recalled.
Tillis replied: “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.’”
Instead, Tillis believes that full disclosure of such lax hygiene policies would be a strong enough deterrent on its own to put the store out of business. “The market would take care of that,” he said.
Yeah... that's the classic Libertarian argument, let the market take care of shit in your coffee. Seeing a restaurant close down because it served contaminated food is a great consolation to someone facing the prospect of kidney failure due to E. coli poisoning. In a stellar example of hypocrisy, Tillis, who received a 35% permanent disability rating due to an automobile accident is an advocate of tort reform who wishes to cap awards for damages in civil suits. You got it, the guy who doesn't think that restaurant employees should have to wash their hands, and thinks that the market would sort out resultant problems, wants to limit the rights of individuals harmed by unsanitary conditions to sue for damages. On the one hand, he wants to throw away regulations, on the other, he wants throw away Joe and Flo Schmo's ability to benefit from the "market forces" he wishes to replace regulations with. Basically, he wants to remove consumer protections at the same time he removes reparations... put succinctly, he wants to screw the little people.
Also, what the hell is up with every wingnut's fascination with Starbucks? First we have psycho pastor "semen lattes", now we have Senator "this coffee tastes like shit"... whoa, could Tillis have some inside information? Is Starbucks going to serve kopi luwak?
Title yoinked from one of the funniest brainfarts of one of the dumbest d00ds on the internet.