I am a generous guy. I want everyone to have the things they need and want. That's why, if I was in charge, I would raise the minimum wage to $20/hour.
That's right. I mean, as long as we are being arbitrary with an amount, rather than rely on what the labor or skills of the employee are actually worth, then why not make it $20?
Especially when my stated goal is to show my compassion, generosity and good-heartedness. I mean, if you can't "live" on $5.15/hour then what really makes $8/hour much better? I mean, can you really live the American dream with that?
So since I am such a generous guy, and since I know that you absolutely deserve more than what you have now, I am proposing that we force employers to pay you more. Yes, yes, I know, I am a generous and compassionate man. It's because I care.
Actually, I would call for a legislator with a sense of humor to propose a bill making this the minimum wage. They could give testimony prattling on about "a Cadillac in every garage" and get all teary when they talk about how some families don't have vacation homes.
I would love to hear Democrats argue against this. How could they? By their logic (by logic I mean stupidity) this is the best idea since sliced bread.
Bottom line: There is no difference in raising the minimum wage $0.50 or $50K, a person is either paid what their work is worth or they aren't.