Okay I see I’m a little late to voice my opinion on this one but I’m going to anyway. I live in a city where we have so many people that lower income or middle class who barely make it. Some are working 2 or 3 jobs just to pay the bills and even that isn’t enough. You have single family households which I was with three children at one time working multiple jobs and needing help from our government and told I made too much for food stamps but I could get Medicaid managed care. That helped keep them healthy but 75% of the time they were denied something that the doctor felt they needed or 90% of the time I was. I felt guilty being on the system for any help and until this day I still day I still do. I am now disabled and can no longer work because of an accident at one of the multiple jobs I was working to keep food on the table. I had both a full time job (which I lost as I was out because of surgery and they chose then to lay people off. Nice right?) . Plus a part time/full time depending on the week. Which I finally lost because they didn’t want to adjust how I worked because of my pain doctors restrictions. So within a year I was out of work from both jobs and trying to pay bills and keep food on the table with workers comp. mind you this is based on your salary at the time of loss. So you wonder why I went into this story. Well I had insurance from my full time job until layoffs. Then back on the Medicaid managed care we go because I wasn’t making enough at the so called part time/full time job. So this is when they do an audit and said they over paid me in food stamps by $2,500 way back in 2001 when I was injured from my job and out on comp., mind you I had insurance through my company at the time I went out but workers comp didn’t pay enough to feed my 3 children. Back then minimum wage was $5 something. Now my point is you had more people on the system because there weren’t jobs that paid enough. Mind you till this day even with the increase of minimum wage people with multiple children still aren’t making enough to provide for their children. I’m talking single family households because I don’t know about families where both parents are working. Everyone seems to think that by the slow increase to $15 in minimum wage is going to help. It’s not. Your going to have businesses that aren’t going to staff a normal amount of people because their overhead is too high to pay everyone $15 an hour and then unemployment will increase again. Now don’t get me wrong I’m for the increase but I feel the government should be doing something to be sure our unemployment rate doesn’t increase as the minimum wage goes up. Our country has a habit of forgetting about our lower and middle class and just focusing on the upper class. We elect people to office who are supposed to help all of us and not just who they think they should. So many don’t care about the lower class or middle class. I’m speaking of our useless president right now. How so many were blind to what he was is beyond me. Minimum wage is a must but our government needs to be sure that they are doing it in a way that does not increase the unemployment rate. That it does not have to have more people feel guilty because they have to ask for help from the government by way of food stamps or Medicaid managed care. We also need to be sure that the people who work in those fields are caring and understanding not rude and condescending to people who have to ask for help. I know in my city we have so many Social Service workers who are only there for the check and the heck with treating people with respect. These people already have low self esteem for asking for help they don’t need to be made to feel worse.