About half of us were not employed full-time and went to school at the same time. Any given month there would be 1 or 2 of us without any work at all.
Why do you think the standard should be that one should be able to afford housing all on your own?
Why can't you accept the fact that there are other ways to skin the cat?
In any case if you are a busboy, dishwasher or janitor, the benefits are tangible and the trade-off is less disposable income, but it can be affected by lowering one's expectation regarding housing. Few people make the minimum wage in any case. And those who do are usually teenagers still living at home.
On the surface the data says people need a certain minimum pay. The rest of the story is not so simple. The unintended consequences are rarely taken into account. Just look how jobs are being lost in communities where mandated higher minimum wages are being realized.
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