Less than 5% of wage earners make minimum wage. The overwhelming majority are high school and college students. They are NOT supporting families on minimum wage. The rest are usually providing a SECOND income for the family. There are also too many safety nets for poverty level (and above) wage earners. If these people are are truly trying to make a living on minimum wage alone, which I truly do not believe, then shame on them. most people with government help are doing better than many wage earners with average income. This is no secret. The minimum wage issue is simply a vote getter.