The minimim wage is popular among economic illiterates who cannot grasp that it harms the very people it is ostensibly designed to help. And if you really believe that welfare is designed to "help you help yourself" you really need to find a cure for ignorance and naievete. If, in this economy, McDonald's employees (typically making well over the legal minimum) decided to strike, there would be ample applicants to replace them in short order. Go ahead. Try it.