"R, your flippant response is typical of the conservative mindset. Nobody is asking for more than what is fair. $10/hr."
So, from a liberal mindset what is fair? I suppose we should leave that up to the government right? You mention that anyone who does not agree with you is not paying attention to the argument- but from what I can tell, most people on here understand basic econ 101.
So the cartoon is supposed to be a parody of the government providing the bare minimum to survive, i.e. the point is that when the government gives away services to the poor they should be giving lavish lobster dinners rather than meager survival portions.
I almost feel like I live in San Francisco after reading the Times opinion page today. Afraid of knives now or other peoples personal choices? Just stick to limiting my soda intake.
So what will this do? Raise the price of everything! Now your trip to Micky D's or BK will cost more for the same poor service. The poor will not benefit because of the inflation that will come when everyone has to raise their prices to cover the service industry employees. Minimum wage jobs should not been seen as careers and if you continue to work minimum wage jobs maybe you should look to get some training or skills that will help you make more. The average salary in Chattanooga is 48k- so now MW workers will make $9 for just showing up and people who have made multiple career moves to get to their career level- will get $23. Do you think that will go far at Mickey D's now?