To your other points, I don't have anything against you or anyone else making whatever you can make-quite the opposite. I do have a problem with raising the minimum wage though to $10.25 or whatever it is because some jobs will just be eliminated in lieu of paying that. You are a college student, working through school, and that is what part-time menial labor jobs are useful for. I worked at Gumby's Pizza in Tallahassee in school. It sucked but it gave me an income.
Just like me, you are learning a skill and are getting an education so that you can achieve more than stocking at Sears. There is no shame in busting your butt and earning your chops. I admire you for doing so.
The lowest-paid employee in my office makes $10.25/hour as a CNA and she works her but off. I have pushed her hard to finish her education and she is sitting for her LVN license next month. I am so proud of her I can't stand it and she is already enrolled to get her RN. Guess what...she is a minority too, 100% Mexican. People need to be responsible for their life choices and if they never aspire to or work to change their circumstances then they get what they get.
With that being said, the minimum wage should be set to a reasonable amount then adjusted yearly with the CPI or cost of living. However it isn't now nor should it ever be reflective of the minimum amount of money someone would have to make to meet an adequate standard of living. It is a starting point for the absolutely least qualified and experienced employees working jobs with the absolute least amount of requirements.
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