Corporate interests and their elected representatives have created a world of illusion in order to resist paying a decent wage to working Americans. They’d have us believe that minimum-wage workers are teens from ’50s TV sitcoms working down at the local malt shoppe.
Britain has a ‘Living Wage Commission’ which sets the minimum wage each year. The total effect on available jobs was negligible. We are going through the same kind of arguements here in Canada with the same nonsense being spouted by the opponents.