Also, it is ironic that minimum wage increases more directly adversely affect the minimum wage earners than any other segment of our economy. When a Wal-Mart has to raise minimum wages, the prices go up. When their prices go up, the people that shop their pay more of their wages than they did before.
I have always been of the opinion that if minimum wage increases had no impact on prices, raise the minimum wage to $20 per hour. But of course minimum wage has tremendous impact on prices that businesses charge for their products. I spent 5 years on minimum wage, and it helped motivate me to realize it was not designed as a living wage for a family of 4.
Also, as I have stated on here before, my family's legacy is in the Democrat party, until the Democrat party changed. My family tree changed none of its values, but the party darned sure did. My mother-in-law just yesterday, recoiled in horror when I told her that the Democrat party platform supports abortion rights. Her daddy 60 years ago told her to never vote for a Republican.
And I have a visceral disdain for anything that even remotely sounds like a labor union. I have been threatened by a group of union construction workers that they would unscrew my arm and beat me over the head with them primarily because as a young trainee, I was producing about twice the work that they thought I should be. Later in life, I became a project manager and preached to these same guys that they MUST produce twice or three times as much in order to compete with the non-union wages. They were more than capable of doing so. Their superior training equipped them to do just that, but they refused and as a result, there is virtually no such thing as a union craftsman on a construction project in my part of the world. Stupidity coupled with hard-headedness won't buy the groceries.