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6 Nutjob Right-Wing Moments This Week: GOP Senator Outdoes Ayn Rand

February 7, 2015 in Blogs

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Plus, don't forget those silver linings of rape!

1. New GOP Senator: Food workers must be free not to wash their hands!

Amongst the outstanding freshman class of Senators is one Thom Tillis, a Republican who bills himself as a “free market conservative” from the great state of North Carolina. He thinks health and hygiene laws are a little overblown and are a good example of government over-reach. He told a story this week during a speech at the Bipartisan Policy Center about how he was having latte with a friend at Starbucks recently when inspiration struck. Why should people who serve food be required to wash their hands after using the bathroom? It’s just this sort of onerous regulation that is killing American business.

So, perfect timing and soiled finger right on the pulse of the whole public health zeitgeist right now, what with the measles outbreak and the flu busting out. How ‘bout a little fecal dusting with your latte? As Jon Stewart suggested, maybe we could get a cholera epidemic going here. Boy, that’d be good for business!

Tillis has a solution at the ready, though. Restaurants would just have to put up a sign saying they do not require employees to wash their hands, and then the free market would just work its magic.

So amused was he at his own cleverness that he showed not one glimmer of recognition that this would also be a kind of regulation.

2. West Virginia GOP-er: Pregnancy can be a marvelous silver lining to being raped.

Republican lawmakers just keep demonstrating that they do not get the whole rape thing—okay, the whole woman thing—and they never ever will. Never. Ever. We know we should just give up on them—and we have—but that doesn’t mean they don’t continue to amaze and stun us.

So, yay, with abortion being debated again, all kinds of new loonies are coming out of the woodwork. Loonies like West Virginia’s Brian Kurcaba who thought he was being terribly enlightened when he acknowledged, that, yeah, “rape is awful.” If you sensed that there’s a “but” …read more


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