Romney’s flip-flop on raising the minimum wage betrays what Republicans really mean when they talk about small government.
Last month I wrote about how economic issues like the minimum wage were twisting Republican candidates into pretzels as they tried to make it look like they cared about the economic squeeze on American families while toeing the line on free-market orthodoxy. As I said at the time:
Romney, clearly aware that he needs to support some policies that show him sympathetic to struggling families, has broken with free-market orthodoxy by supporting indexing the minimum wage to inflation. For this he was loudly attacked by Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and Rush Limbaugh, among others. Andrew McCarthy’s post in the National Review captured the mood with the headline, “See Mitt Pander.”
It turns out Mitt couldn’t take the heat from his right yet again (which makes you wonder how he’d deal with the pressures of actually being president). This week he got back in line with right-wing economic theology, telling CNBC’s Larry Kudlow “there’s probably not a need to raise the minimum wage.” Even in reversing his position he can’t help throwing in a waffle: “probably.”