A well wriiten response. Thanks. Social security IS a safety net for people injured, widowed and who lived paycheck to paycheck during their working years. It is barely enough to get by on unless you can supplement with savings. Businesses bailed on us for profits, not competition. I agree Trump tried to mitigate with tarriffs. Too little too late; And very clumsily. Forcing a bailout for part of his base- farmers. The fact that very few employers pay minimum wage means the federal minimum wage can be raised. You're lacking accounting rules in your Walmart example that would make it work. Maybe you should see how Henry Ford doubled his employees wages. Mcdonalds Burger flippers in Brussels make 20/hrUSD. Big Mac is only 10 cents more. A growing trend in businesses is to not to pay anyone less than $68k. My employer of 5000 is one of them. I hope yours is too. It can work. You shouldn'd skip class. Go back to school.