Dave said:
I suggest the "well intentioned" Senators go out and start their own businesses where they can pay as much as they want. What's magic about $12/hr? Why not $15, $20/hr. More interesting would be their recommendations after risking their own capital and running their own businesses for 2-3 years, if they are still around.

If we, employees, don't like the "min wage", we have the opportunity to demonstrate to our employers that we are worth more. If that does not result in a satisfactory wage arrangement, we can take our stronger resume and seek other opportunities.