Friday :: May 21, 2010

KY-Sen: Does Rand Paul Believe In The Minimum Wage?

by Turkana

The Rand Paul Follies continues apace. His response about the BP oil gusher has been receiving the attention it deserves, but it was not the only jawdropper, from this morning's Good Morning America interview. Greg Sargent:

But there's another, perhaps more telling, nugget that came at the very end: Paul was unwilling to say unequivocally that the Federal government has a proper role in setting the minimum wage. The exchange comes at the 7:45 mark of the interview:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Should the Federal government be able to set a minimum wage?

PAUL: It's not a question of whether they can or canot. I think that's decided. I think the question you have to ask is whether or not when you set the minimum wage it may cause unemployment.

Paul went on to argue that a high minimum wage risks pushing up unemployment among unskilled workers.

Paul was asked a straight Yes or No question: Does the Federal government have a valid role setting minimum wage? He declined to answer.

Sargent points out that Paul brushed off a question about repealing the minimum wage, and Sargent also gets to the core of the problem with Paul: he doesn't like to be asked about his views on the role of the Federal government in regulating the private sector. It makes him visibly angry.

From the BP oil spill to the minimum wage, it's clear that Paul doesn't believe in the value of government. Someone should ask him about Katrina.

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