I'm making this thread based on a discussion in another which basically started https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=2364140&postcount=175", and responding to the last post on the subject from that thread: Cutting employees is far from the only way to cut expenditures, and if the business owner can't figure out a way to improve his bottom line to keep up with society, then I contend he should stand aside for someone who can provide desired products more efficiency. Worst comes to worst, he can sell the business off and get himself a minimum wage job working there or somewhere else. Yet the government has printed a lot of money since the last time minimum wage went up, so how can one be pro-working poor while make no attempt to adjust for that? Surely you can see how putting the work into learning new skills and looking for a better paying job is made harder by living on a minimum wage set before we further diluted the value of our dollar? And what about those just entering the workforce to help their families or work though school? I get the impression you are thinking under laboratory conditions where there hasn't been wild inflation and there is a fixed workforce, rather than the real world situation we are in. Granted, I'm not in that situation personally, and haven't been in a long while, but out of empathy for those who are, I am so far at a loss to see how I could oppose increasing minimum wage and still rightly consider myself pro-working poor.