The fact that this is even a discussion is scary to me. It's scary to think that the largest percentage of individuals in the labor force feels so disenfranchised that they can't gather enough support to raise the minimum wage. It scares me that such a large amount of people still believe in some ghostly macroeconomic theory purports the importance of cheap labor. Newsflash: Americans are being screwed over. The cost of living increases at a rate higher than inflation whiles wages remain virtually stagnant. Then taxpayers are left to help pick up the pieces through social welfare programs. If you truly want smaller governmental influence and a lower deficit, it starts by raising the minimum wage. It alleviates pressure on social welfare, raises taxable income, and increases consumer spending.