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.