Originally Posted by AemJeff
Even most people who argue against one actually do believe in a minimum wage, I think. (Except, of course my friend Unit.) Would you ask someone to work for a dollar an hour? A penny? Nothing at all? Just like in the old joke, it turns out we're (most of us...) actually just arguing about the price. Jobs that don't deliver tangible benefit aren't useful. The minimum wage is our collective definition of an acceptable level of benefit.
Our potential differences in economic philosophy aside, I understand where you're coming from, but would you acknowledge that, for good or ill, a wage floor will increase unemployment among low skilled workers, all other factors held constant? If so, I would be curious to hear whether you think a decrease in unemployment rates in an impoverished community, even at a lower prevailing wage, would have beneficial effects on a number of relevant things, i.e. socioeconomic mobility, family stability, reduction in recidivism rates etc.