There are several false assumptions in your comment.
- Why would a person who was getting $10K in free benefits exchange that for $5K in free money and $5K from working a crap job for crap wages? No one with a brain would do that. Also, that’s not how food stamps, Section 8, etc. actually work. Your scenario is totally not how things work in the real world.
- Your scenario assumes that if companies paid a living wage this person wouldn’t get a living-wage job and get NO public assistance. In the real world that person would get a living-wage job and get NO public assitance
- I didn’t say that the company had a moral obligation to pay a living wage. I said that when it doesn’t we, the taxpayers, get stuck with the bill. I said that we, the taxpayers, shouldn’t let that happen to us by subsidizing McDonalds’ labor costs.
- A “living wage” is in no way imaginary. Economists can and have determined what it is.