The issue isn't the minimum wage....it's the fact that so many Americans are forced to work in retail environments (Walmart) that use the minimum wage, not as a starting point for starter job, but as the basis for everyone. They have the position determine the pay, not the individual's experience. The free-market has always been able to adjust upward for higher skills and experience, but hasn't. This means that someone with 15 years experience as a cashier at K-Mart, will still receive the same minimum wage as a high school senior starting a summer job. Unfortunately, most of the middle and lower class jobs are in this field...especially in the Midwest, where farming and factory jobs are disappearing. Raising the minimum wage is the only way to help these Americans.