We cannot have a consumer-based economy if our consumers cannot afford to consume. Any corporation too cheap to realize that does not deserve to survive. Raising the minimum wage and indexing it for inflation will actually be cheaper in the long run because we won't be burning so much taxpayer money on welfare programs. Government financial assistance is meant to be a temporary safety net for those who face economic hardship to survive just long enough to get back on their feet. It was not designed as a corporate subsidy to be exploited by greedy corporations to offset their labor costs.