Right, so, it seems that the basic argument in favor of raising the minimum wage seems to boil down to:
It is damn nigh impossible to raise a family on minimum wage, yet some people in our economy are forced to attempt to do just that
and the basic argument against minimum wage is:
minimum wage hikes make labor more expensive, reducing demand by employers - you'll help some workers at the expense of others
Let's expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, and have it applied on a monthly basis to paychecks (instead of in a lump sum in April), so that it actually helps you live and raise a family throughout the course of the year.
We encourage work, we don't discourage hiring of poorer workers, and we give low-income families the boost they need. Both sides' goals are achieved.
Dammit - Mods, can you add the poll? Forgot to hit the button. Options: