There are several false assumptions in your comment.

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. A “living wage” is in no way imaginary. Economists can and have determined what it is.

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