I have an economic justification: capitalism. If the minimum wage goes up, so does the cost of living, which will not eliminate poverty in the slightest.
The cost of living has gone up without increases to minimum wages. Raising the minimum and increasing the economic presents of the poor would be a boon to capitalist.
If this happened, both the small business where I work and my parents business would either close down, or they’d have to fire all of their staff. But hey, if there really is no justification, morally or economically, then I suppose they and other small businesses should be sacrificed right?
When someone works for less pay than she can live on — when, for example, she goes hungry so that you can eat more cheaply and conveniently — then she has made a great sacrifice for you, she has made you a gift of some part of her abilities, her health, and her life. The ‘working poor,’ as they are approvingly termed, are in fact the major philanthropists of our society. They neglect their own children so that the children of others will be cared for; they live in substandard housing so that other homes will be shiny and perfect; they endure privation so that inflation will be low and stock prices high. To be a member of the working poor is to be an anonymous donor, a nameless benefactor, to everyone else.
No one has the right to profit from the suffering of others