Dirty little secret, Patricia.......minimum wage is NOT intended to be something on which you raise a family. It is for entry-level work. You're not supposed to stay there.
Well, duh! Unfortunately, that's exactly where the powers that be want us to be.
The unions started falling apart because they insist on MORE pay and MORE benefits for doing LESS work at a time when others are just grateful to have work at all. They've been so out of touch with the rest of the workforce conditions it's pathetic. They want new chrome or gold for their Cadillacs while everyone around them rides second-hand bicycles....or, worse yet, Priuses. They are obsolete dinosaurs in the reality of the global economy. I know things aren't what they used to be, they are becoming what they are going to be. You can't expect that things will go back to the "good, old days." They won't. Change or get left behind. You get to decide.....you just don't get to dictate.
That's all a bunch of bull. The unions have been making concessions since the air traffic controller strike. I don't know any of my husband's friends who were driving high end cars. And you may call them dinosaurs, but they are what men fought and died for back early 1900s because workers were dying right and left, carried home and dumped on their doorstep with no compensation. I guess that's were you want us to go back to. Uniions are the only thing keeping any decent wages here. Without them, the worker has no rights whatsoever.
If you really wanted businesses to stay here, employ American citizens, provide benefits, pay good wages, etc. you would have voted differently. The libs are doing everything they can to punish businesses. Higher corporate tax rates than the rest of the world, crippling over-regulation, sweetheart tariffs deals with China, unrealistic EPA standards, shutting down energy providers, to name a few. Why should they want to stay here? Why should they want to run a hobby that only pays hobby wages instead of a business with actual profits? The left really hardsells this class warfare stuff. It's biting the hand that signs your checks......
Corporations are blackmailing this country. DO you really think businesses can't afford to make a little less profit in order to pay decent wages and benefits? Why is it that the little guy is the one expected to make all the difference? And just what WAS Romney's job plan? Trickle down? We've tried that three times and three times it FAILED!
I guess you think Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie and JP Morgan were all just hard-working honest entrepreneurs. In fact, they were ruthless, heartless men who weren't satisfied to have the equivalent of billions and billions of dollars in the mid-1800s and early 1900s, they wanted it ALL! And at the cost of their worker's lives.
Our founders did not intend capitalism to mean a small minority owned everything.