The fact of the matter is everyday living costs are out of whack. As Disturbed points out and film maker Morgan Spurlock found out, minimum wage is too low to have a decent standard of living, at least by US standards. But jared81 is also correct, small business owners are barely getting by as well and paying their shop of, say, 40 workers $100 more a week (as rob says) is $4000 more dollars to spend a week than most of them probably have. Does Pizza Hut, BP, and Burger King have it? Of course they do but small business owners are the back bone of this country and supply the most jobs (especially in more rural areas than Miami). I wish I had an answer for this but it's a complex issue and I don't have the necessary business sense to brainstorm a way out of it.