I was discussing why I think the minimum wage should be raised with someone, and I came to this conclusion. I think the minimum wage should be raised, but not universally. I think that there's no problem with paying teenagers a small wage, considering their parents are paying for most everything already, but installing something where once you're independent and living on your own that you qualify for a higher minimum wage which you can truly support yourself on. If the miniumum wage were raised this high, many people who take advantage of welfare because they can get along almost as well on welfare as they could on minimum wage would have no excuse not to work, since they could earn a much higher wage. This would allow the govt. to make the circumstances under which you can get welfare stricter, still allowing people who are physically unable to work to collect welfare, but eliminating alot of the people who are on it for no good reason, or working minimum wage jobs and still on it because they're making so little money. Since welfare could be drastically reduced, the tax burden on people could then be reduced a bit, giving them even more money. It all seems so simple and naieve, there must be some flaws in it.