What Josh Hawley’s minimum wage proposal has in common with his election lies

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has a new “minimum wage” pitch, just in time to help gloss over his support for the January 6 insurrection.

The senator’s so-called “Blue-Collar Bonus” is being credulously described by some in the press as “breaking with the mainstream GOP orthodoxy” and “moving in the right direction.”

But from a policy perspective, his proposal reflects the exact same faux-populist propaganda of his election lies. It’s a pose that panders to the GOP working-class base without actually doing anything for them.

Hawley promises government cash for any worker making less than $16.50 per hour, with the federal government paying half the difference between that and their current pay.


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