Income inequality is the biggest overarching issue today. It creates the anxieties necessary for further conflict and the distractions to keep people from knowing their true enemies. It by definition erodes democracy. The minimum wage is less effective than a maximum wage, universal health care, free college and the elimination of tax loopholes for the rich. However, with the psychopaths running the show a minimum wage increase may be the only thing we have a shot with. That makes it absolutely necessary as people are suffering. People are dying right now. 8 bucks per hour is only enough to survive on in under half the states. 60% of people live on 30,000 or less annually. Come on people. We're the richest country in the world. We don't want to be selfish psychopaths to protect the money we earned due to entirely arbitrary reasons.