There are many complaints that Walmart and fast food stores are requiring the government to support their employees with welfare and food stamps. That happens because the government has defined living in poverty as having a family live on less than $18,000 a year. Even the Affordable Care Act uses this number as a basis to provide subsidies to workers up to four times this number. The idea of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour so part-timers of 30 hours a week can make $15,000 a year or full-time $20,200 per year.
The problem of poverty can be solved for millions of Americans in an instant. Reduce the stated poverty level to $8,000 a year for full-time workers, which would be $4 an hour, rolling the minimum wage back to $4 an hour before 1990. Obviously, George Herbert Walker Bush ended prosperity and US growth by raising the minimum wage to $4.25 an hour and above since that time, as raising the minimum wage destroys businesses permanently.
That way, millions of Americans would settle for working for $4 an hour and no longer qualify for subsidies or welfare, saving taxes for all Americans. Get on the Patriot bandwagon.