Thanks Kate for the feedback! Admittedly, I'm not here to win a popularity contest. It's just a view that makes sense to me, somewhat laughably as I am a person who doesn't exactly make a lot of money either. You're definitely right that budgeting isn't being done appropriately. I know too many people spending extravagantly like they are millionaires, though they have next to nothing. In part, society as a whole sort of teaches a lot of people how to misspend money and get into debt, especially in the form of credit cards. I could go on a tangent about rampant materialism and why it consumes our society too, but I'll save that rant. Indeed, I wouldn't be opposed to a raise to $8 dollars or so, though to be fair, I think this is what irritates me most, is that I have worked in retail for my entire working life and even at Wal-Mart pushing carts (when I was 16) I made $8 dollars and hour. It's a joke that people would complain about lower wages when easy, entry level jobs in retail are so often available with similar hour structures. The $15 dollar thing is without a doubt a joke. My girlfriend who just graduated with a BA in Graphic Design is making about that much. I have a BA degree myself, and would be extremely irritated if people flipping burgers were making anything in the double digits after spending so much time and money on my education.