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The GOP in New Hampshire recently put several of the concerns of the state on hold to do something important.  They’re trying to remove the law that forces business owners to give employees a lunch break.

This is an unneeded law,” [Republican state Representative Kyle Jones] said. “If I was to deny one of my employees a break, I would be in a very bad position with the company’s human resources representative. If you consider that this is a very easy law to follow in that everyone already does it, then why do we need it? Our constituents have already proven that they have enough common sense to do this on their own.”

Yes, just like business owners have the common sense and compassion to not pay their employees slave wages, so why the need for a minimum wage?  I can’t help but wonder if these people have ever worked a shit job in their lives for people who pinch every penny at the expense of their workers.

And if people are already abiding by the law then why put all the time and effort into repealing it?  They’re not very good liars.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Timberwoof

    I think they’re onto something. After all, everybody knows you’re supposed to drive on the right and stop at red lights. These are easy laws to follow and everybody does it. In the interest of reducing regulations, we should repeal those and other, unnecessary, restrictive Rules of the Road.

    While we’re at at, everybody knows that America is a Christian nation, so we can go ahead and remove “In God We Trust” from the money and from courthouses and stuff.

  • christophburschka

    Extending this reasoning: You know, if I were to murder someone, I would end up in a very bad position with society, since murdering people is regarded as kind of a bad thing. Considering that not murdering people is a very easy law to follow, why do we need it?

  • michaeld

    Nice to see that New Hampshire is in such a good state with no legislative needs that they can take the time to go and expunge some common sense laws from the books. Maybe next they could remove the part saying you can’t kill people, that’s fairly common sense too right?

  • The Lorax

    “If I was to deny one of my employees a break, I would be in a very bad position with the company’s human resources representative.”

    Yes, because of that law. The one you’re trying to get rid of. Funny how that works, isn’t it? If you remove that law and deny people a lunch break or pay them less than minimum wage, you’d piss off a few people in human resources (and, probably, everywhere else, including outside your company), but they wouldn’t have a legal leg to stand on.

    … wait, I’m sorry, I just gave a rational solution to a rational problem. Since when did those fucks give a damn about rationality?

  • http://stochasticscientist.blogspot.com KathyO

    Didn’t Rand Paul make the argument that we no longer need clean air regulations because now the air is clean? It’s the same kind of idiotic ‘reasoning’. I honestly can’t understand why anyone would vote for a republican.

  • anteprepro

    If you consider that this is a very easy law to follow in that everyone already does it, then why do we need it?

    Wow. An argument for repealing every law that isn’t being broken or isn’t so harsh that it is trivial to break it. How incredibly ass-backwards. Those clowns should be voted out of office as soon as possible, because that is fucking dumb, even for Republicans.

  • jamessweet

    I can tell you with the utmost certainty from my time in food service that if they could have legally made us not take a lunch break, they would have. In fact, it was not unheard of to schedule shifts that were half an hour short of when a lunch break would be legally required.

  • RowanVT

    I read this to my boyfriend and he immediately quipped “If we don’t need laws like that… why do we need a law that allows women to vote?” What else would they try to remove? Stealing is bad, let’s remove laws about it being bad because everyone already knows it is bad?

  • G.Shelley

    It’s the same for virtually any rules governing how businesses conduct themselves. There are free market extremists who believe such rules shouldn’t exist. Some of them just don’t care what the effect would be, but there are many who believe that the market would magically punish those firms that behave badly.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty

    Whoa. SOMEONE clearly hasn’t worked in retail. Management usually looks for any way they can get more out of the retail slaves for less money, and this… this just hands it right to them.