Minimum wage? Living wage? How much is your time worth? To your employer? To you? Do you produce enough to justify your wages? Do you produce more than you consume? If you consume all you produce and some of what others produce, you are a parasite. An organization can support a few parasites, but not many, without destroying itself.
When a new, inexperienced person is hired, he or she is not worth the minimum wage. He is not able to produce enough to justify the $7.25 the law sets per hour. So, the employer must make up the difference between what he produces and what he is paid. Say the employee is told he starts at $7.25 per hour. He will be merit rated and given raises as he is deserving. If he is working there at the end of one year and has not risen to $11 an hour, he will be fired.
From each according to his ability to each according to his need. Sounds good, does it not? But, it doesn’t work. Collectivists have used this logic to justify taking from one to give to another. Fascists, Nazis, socialists, Communists, are variations of this same philosophy and all have used the philosophy. They have all failed!
Economic law is as rigid as the law of gravity. There is no such thing as a “free meal.” One who eats must spend labor so the food exists or some other must provide the labor. The meal may be free to the eater, but someone must labor. Think about it.