As a general rule of thumb, you should be able to work part-time, and live above the poverty line. It's common sense.
Newwinner101 you are truly winning in the style of Charlie Sheen. Your economic illiteracy is a perfect example of what is wrong with America today. Where exactly has it ever been dictated that a part time job should allow you to live above the poverty line? Never mind that our poverty line is higher than most countries GDP per capita. Why exactly should, outside of it being terribly convenient for you, a person be able to live above the poverty line on a part time job? We aren't post-scarcity yet, so that entails that people work.
Your assertion of common sense is the classic double speak of someone who hasn't bothered to research the subject on which they are making their opinion. Because if you had, you would have realized that common sense would dictate the exact opposite! Raising wages raises the cost of goods for everyone else and, more importantly, to forcefully pay someone beyond the economic utility of their job would essentially raise the costs for everyone else.
No one has done as great a job as discrediting the democratic process as individuals like you, these people, these economic illiterates, get to have the same say who understands the difference between a million, a billion and a trillion. If I didn't buy into the fallacy of the technocracy I would advocate a mandarin style government. But that doesn't work either, so the best we can do is either hope the more Americans get their collective heads out of their asses or wait for reality to give them the mother of all spankings.