Calculator: What is the living wage where you live?
This is response to Obama wanting to raise the minimum wage to $9 and declaring it a victory. Where I live, a single person with no kids needs to make at least $11.51 an hour. That's without kids. With kids it's $23.22 an hour--for a single parent.
This is why proposing a national minimum wage doesn't exactly make sense. Different parts of the country have different economies. The cost of living in San Francisco is much higher than say the Ozarks. Pegging the minimum to inflation is a good idea--or better yet to an index of key prices that affect the lives of the poor like staple groceries and gas.
What is it where you live?