Schooling Ann Coulter on the individual mandate.
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And it’s not just the Republican Party, but the conservative movement as well, as we see when a formerly firebreathing leader like Ann Coulter caves in an unquestioning fashion to Romney’s embrace of the individual mandate. Conservative leaders were uniformly appalled by the Heritage health plan and its mandate rolling downhill to socialized medicine. Coulter cites it as a reason to support Mitt Romney.
Last week came further troubling confirmation of the rapidly developing disaster. As soon as Romney got himself in trouble due to his unfamiliarity with conservative doctrine on welfare policy and the poor, he suddenly veered left to bail himself out. He is now to the left of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi on the minimum wage, endorsing an automatic increase that even Obama and an overwhelming Democrat Congress didn’t support. Somebody buy the man a Charles Murray anthology, and a compilation of Jack Kemp’s speeches.
When the government raises the cost of hiring low-skill workers by raising the minimum wage, naturally employers hire fewer of them at the higher cost. That leaves more of the least skilled without work and consigned to poverty. The new Democrat Congress in 2007 enacted a sharp minimum wage increase in three steps. Unemployment for minorities jumped from under 9 percent to almost 16 percent. For teenagers, the rate jumped from under 15 percent to over 23 percent. And for black teenagers, unemployment soared to over 40 percent. How high will unemployment among the disadvantaged go under Romney’s thoughtless policies?
The government should not be setting wage rates. That should be left to the market. That is why Ronald Reagan, soon after he was nominated in 1980, called for the abolition of the minimum wage law. As Milton Friedman explained, that law is expressly designed by union operatives to suppress competition from lesser skilled and lower cost workers, propping up above-market union wage scales. That, of course, comes at the expense and suffering of the low-skilled poor, who are then excluded from the entry-level positions that would help them build skills and climb the ladder.
This just demonstrates Romney’s basic political instincts to pander to the liberal media, which he exhibited throughout his career in Massachusetts politics. Coulter excuses him, saying he had to go liberal to succeed in liberal Massachusetts. But liberal political expediency has never before been considered a qualification for presidential support from conservatives. What other liberal/left sellouts can we expect from Romney once he gets the nomination? Or worse, if he is elected? Check out the complete list of Romney advisors for a clue.
Everything about Romney screams “Country Club Republican.” This is not a man who will inspire the conservative grassroots to come out in maximum force, carrying Republicans with him to victory in the Senate, as Reagan — and later Gingrich — did. Instead, Romney is the perfect foil and caricature for Obama’s political strategy this year, a perfect example of the problem, according to Obama’s narrative. Perhaps Ann is spooked by the need to liberate the country from Obama’s Marxists, thinking we must embrace the safest, most electable candidate. But that prevent-defense thinking is a prescription for failure, if not disaster, if Romney is elected and turns out to govern as a Massachusetts liberal after all.
Tea Party Republicans are not going to sit still for another round of George H.W. Bush, which is what Romney is offering us. They will bolt, resulting in the breakup of the Republican party. That is the fire we are playing with in Mitt Romney.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?