The purpose of minimum-wage is the same reason some large companies use 'foreign labor'---because it's a cheap way to get the work done. From the workers' point-of-view, minimum-wage work is for 'supplemental income' (meaning you do it when you don't have the skills for a full income or -the responsibilities that require a full income). I might not 'like' that (and would probably like it even less if I were not blessed with people who love me enough to keep a roof over my head), but it's "how the world works" under the "Log In"---'Quid pro Quo' ('this for that,' 'you get what you pay for'). And--if I were not so-blessed (or -lucky) to have people who love me--I would 'figure something out'---rent-controlled, Section 8 housing (where the rent is 'based on MY income' & doesn't go up), low-cost living (not going out to eat but once-or-twice-a-week (unless someone else is paying the check), using coupons and good deals where I can get `em), applying for grants to see me through while getting the education needed to get better pay. True,Log In that "No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country,” but I'd rather that my fellow countrymen were working for MORE than 'minimum!'