This guy, Jesse Kelly, is running for House Representative in Arizona. He’s not just a typical Tea Partier, he’s a typical Republican. He’s also advocating Austrian economics, for you Austrians on here.
The questioner asked him that, given that we are experiencing salmonella outbreaks every three weeks now in our food, should we change federal regulations on ag from what they are now, voluntary regulations with industry policing itself (working great, eh Austrians?) to more hard-edged compulsory regulations whereby the state would force companies to produce clean food, inspect them regularly and fine them or shut them down if they don’t pass muster. He says that people need to “make sure for themselves that their food is safe.” LOL. Incredibly, he gets a huge round of applause from what is apparently a Tea Partier suicide cult (?) in the audience. White Americans never fail to astonish me.
Following the Austrians once again, he blames the BP oil spill on government regulations (!?). If only Big Government would have left BP alone, the spill never would have happened. That’s probably the view of BP too, I would wager.
You might be interested to note that, appropriately, BP is funding the Tea Party candidates in the US.
Republicans have always opposed just about every regulation on business that you can possibly think of. As the Republican Party is just the party of the capitalists, it takes little research to discover that capitalists have never met a regulation that they didn’t hate. They usually propose “voluntary regulation” which doesn’t make sense. If regulation is cool enough to do it yourself, why not just have the state do it for you, eh?
Voluntary regulation has always been a scam. It doesn’t cost a company any less to inspect itself than to submit to inspections by the state. The only reason lying capitalists propose “voluntary regulation” is so they won’t have to regulate themselves. It doesn’t take a lot of research to figure out that the record of capitalists in regulating themselves anywhere on Earth is pretty dismal. Hence the state tends to step in. All government regulatory agencies are socialist institutions.
I’m pointing this out because a lot of readers don’t seem to understand what socialism means.