Because people don't actually exist to follow the path of least resistance. People apply themselves based on their talents and what they like to do. People don't just work at what's easiest. They work at what they're good at. Arbitrarily compensating some talents over other talents is silly. Everyone works hard, and everyone should live a decent life.
And the alternative is? The rent is due in a week and the last sixty three jobs this person has applied for were filled by someone else. You like the idea of the freedom to work where you want, but that freedom doesn't exist for most of the people in this country. They don't have any kind of choice. They just have to take what they're given.
And you would be wrong. What we're talking about is the destructive trend that will lead to more and more unemployment in the future. Because of increased efficiency and better technology, labor is becoming cheaper. You've seen this over the last decade, especially. We all have. It's not going to magically get better by putting Republicans in office and cutting taxes. It's going to get worse and worse until we stop viewing labor as a commodity. Never again will there be more work than labor. So we will need a different system. This one is not going to work in the future. It doesn't work now. There are a lot more people trying to work than there is work to do. That leads to predatory business practices where people become expendable, and no one is adequately compensated. The whole basis of this thread is outrage that minimum wage workers be paid more, but the truth is that they were never paid enough to begin with. When work doesn't support a person, we are intentionally creating poverty, and we are intentionally damaging ourselves and our nation. So long as people are undervalued like this, we will continue to get poorer and poorer, more people will remain unemployed for longer, and everyone but the super rich will fall more towards poverty.