I was not referring to those making minimum wage. I was referring to those not. The skilled labor SHOULD make more than unskilled labor..period end of story. AND the distance between the two should remain at the same percentage. A person making minimum wage will only make minimum wage until their first review barring they suck at their jobs. They should not get an increase just because, IF the increase is not going to cross over into those with skilled labor that years and hours of tuition have been put forth to gain the knowledge. yeah we saw how well your logic panned out when the economy tanked with the rise in payroll taxes yes? The unemployment went down yes? Your logic is illogical. Since WHEN?? People CAN better their circumstances if the drive is there....it is always a choice not to do so but to settle with the status quo. Those that make the sacrifice should not have to pay for those who do not. And a person working minimum wage does not need their one house, cell phone, big screen TV, gaming system etc etc. They can share and blend budgets. You know back in the day, having the largest house and moving out of the family compound wasn't all that important. That is a rather new ideal. You can't afford to live on your own and have all your gadgets? don't. figure it out...and improve your circumstances...because can't isn't a word it is an action....a mentality. and yet having been in HR for many years I can tell you the work ethic of today is much lower than it was as recent as 10 years ago. And you miss a key point...raising the minimum wage won't even put a cramp in the rear end of a "corporation" but it WILL cripple the mom and pop. Jesus tells us to care for the sick, old and children. If you don't fall into those categories he'd tell you to get off your butt and make it happen.