When I started following politics, shortly after college, I was a hard core conservative. In fact, conservatives weren't hard core enough for me, and I eventually discovered the libertarian party. From there, I was involved with the Tea Party movement (BEFORE it was hijacked by republicrats...it STARTED as a mostly libertarian thing). Simply put, I got hurt once right out of college, and ended up in the hospital, which caused me to be homeless for a couple months. But I worked my way back from that. "Pulled myself up by the bootstraps" as conservatives like to say. Little did I know, at the time...but that mantra describes a physically impossible act. What really got me out of poverty? Meeting my girlfriend, moving in with her, etc. Then moving up to CT. Then marrying her. At the end of the day, had that series of events not happened, I would still be renting a small place in FL, working at some low level position at Bed Bath and Beyond.
I have had numerous life experiences since those days. And i have learned a thing or two. About myself, and about people in general. So I now support more liberal things than I used to. I used to support abolishing minimum wage. The higher I climb in business, the more I find I support the idea, because the more I learn about the celebrated captains of industry in this country. And the more I am disgusted.
Truth is, I'd LOVE to not NEED a minimum wage, or any other SOCIAL program. But sadly, we're not to that point yet. I have rubbed shoulders with enough giants, to know, that at the end of the day...our social programs are all that keeps us from ending up as serfs.