Stop looking down your nose at small business employers who are trying to get by.
If a small business can't afford to pay an employee a living wage, they shouldn't hire one.
Its like justifying slavery because slaves were the price to pay for cotton and tobacco plantations to get by.
They will pay for the cost of labor the way they want within the law.
"Within the law." Well. That's the discussion. Right? Whether the law is correct.
You know minimum wage has been raised in the past. Right?
I know all your millionaire buddies would rather remain millionaires rather than pay their employees a dollar more.
But honestly, fffk them.
What more do you want from them? They aren't wealthy people and they are doing the best they can.
I want them to pay their employees a decent wage.
You want people to shut up and be happy with whatever someone else decides they should get.
It isn't their job to worry about what a living wage is for every worker.
It isn't their job to underpay employees in order to become millionaires.
But....ask yourselves something....if the wages are so so so low....then how are landlords able to charge so much for rent, rendering it too expensive for these low wage workers?
They have to live somewhere? How are they affording where they live now?
People work multiple jobs, get roommates, rent rooms in houses, sleep in their cars and vans.
You sound out of touch with reality. Get out of your ivory tower for a minute.