The whole situation is (*)(*)(*)(*)ed up. The right says if the minimum wage employees want more money then they should learn the skills necessary to get the higher paying job. However, there arent enough of those higher paying trade or white collar jobs to go around. Nor could the economy support all of those people starting their own businesses. Our society needs people to prepare and serve the food and to wash the dishes at restaurants, to be janitors, to work the cash registers, to pick the crops, and all the other jobs many of us consider menial. Those jobs are important. Our society needs those jobs. They contribute to the morale or wellbeing of all of us to one extent on another. So simply telling them to get higher paying jobs is disingenuous. And saying that those jobs are intended for part-time school kids and retirees is ridiculous because there are nowhere near enough school kids and retirees to fill those jobs part-time. The right says people in those jobs dont DESERVE more than what they get. If you are giving up a substantial portion of your time and labor for a company then you DESERVE to be able to support yourself and your family. They DESERVE healthcare and a home and to not go hungry. But then the left says the solution is to raise the minimum wage and for their bosses to offer benefits. But many of the reasons the right cites for that not working are correct. All raising the minimum wage does is cause prices to go up, causing the purchasing power of the dollar to go down. Those who earned more than minimum wage before effectively get a pay cut due to the reduced purchasing power. Some people will get raises in proportion to the increase in minimum wage. But in the end, the new minimum wage ends up with the same or less purchasing power as before. Its a vicious cycle. Personally, I cant for the life of me figure out how capitalism is supposed to work without a poor class. And as automation increases that becomes even more the case. Menial jobs will continue to be automated. I can easily envision a day coming when, for example, a McDonalds is completely automated. And even if the people that the machines are replacing rack up student loans to go to college, there wont be enough jobs to take them all in. Capitalism has its advantages. It is great at spurring innovation, for example. And back in the day before extensive automation and when practically all businesses were small businesses that paid living wages before being priced out by giant chains, capitalism was probably ideal. But I see no way in which capitalism has a happy ending. Because, you see, one of the great innovations of capitalism is the reduced need for workers.