You touched on an important thought in your last sentence Jerome 41. Many (not all) labor markets are now international and no longer driven by local labor supply and demand forces. Many jobs can be done elsewhere around the world today, so American workers with little or no skill have to compete with workers elsewhere. You may not like this, but it is an economic reality. The solution for American workers with little skill is to work to improve themselves by acquiring skills, becoming educated, and take responsibility for themselves instead of expecting others to give them a handout - whether that be in the form of government welfare programs, or coerced wealth transfer through government imposed mandates like the minimum wage.