Why is the American minimum wage so low that it only enables low quality living without housing depending on the individuals living expenses? Why can’t the minimum wage be higher with higher corresponding income brackets above? This would enable a better quality of life, more happiness, comfortability and opportunity. Some wages may even be wrong for a particular job. People also have unequal, uncontrollable living situations that place them in certain jobs regardless of his or her intellect or skill set during certain times. Higher wages for all and closer equality among wages seems to be the more generous, kind way although some jobs require a bit more work. Are resource sustainability and international economic compatibility the only two factors that set wages aside from skill sets and supply and demand?