We should have obvious economic deterrents for depending on a basement wage to scrape by. By just giving into them and their selfishness, laziness, and ineptitude (by clamorin for a "liveable wage"), you've disincentivized them from ever making somethin of themselves.
As of right now, we have a system that's somewhat meritocratic. If your lofty aspirations involve eeking through a revolving-door primary school system, settling into a McJob, and living a minimum wage existence, then life should suck for you. You should wake up thinking "damn, life blows" - because that's the life you chose.
What does it say about people who want to reward that kind of self-defeating attitude?