...but when one's trying to feed, house, and cloth oneself on $8/hr, it's not easy at all...and especially not if one's trying to feed a family.
Worst of all, with so many people (like the great majority of Wal-Mart workers) earning just above minimum wage but not enough to live on, what happens? They use food stamps, go into section-8 housing, and whatnot. In other words, the American taxpayer is effectively subsidizing Wal-Mart, McDonald's, and every other mega-corp out there that doesn't pay a living wage.
There's a saying I like to use: You Pay Anyway. You can either pay higher retail prices at Wal-Mart so that they could afford to pay their workers a living wage...OR you can pay higher taxes because we effectively subsidizing Wal-Mart's wages. But you pay anyway. Really, which is the more sensible choice?