But that isn't paying them for the work they do. If the market value of a job is $3 per hour, and the government demands that the employer pay $7.25 per hour, then the employer is essentially paying them $3 for their work and $4.25 in economic support because they're poor. I'm not saying supporting the poor is a bad thing, far from it. But the public should pay for it. And more importantly than the moral argument is the practical argument: labor restrictions are usually much more distortive than social programs.I disagree that me paying for the work the employer gets is a better solution.