Efforts to raise the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour, as some labor unions are pushing, or even to $10.10 an hour, as President Barack Obama wants, is a mistake. In a capitalist economy, employers pay for labor based on what the employee is worth. If an employee's worth is artificially inflated to satisfy social policy, employers will react by either charging more for a product, or finding ways to eliminate minimum wage employees who now cost what's close to a living wage.If someone is working at an average fast-food restaurant, they are meeting an employer's need for low-skilled workers. To double their salary is nonsensical, economically. This is the crux of the argument against a high increase in the minimum wage. It is intended to be a starter wage. It is not intended to be a living wage. Employees, whether teenagers or adults, take these low-paying positions to gain skills that will make them more marketable. Gaining experience in the workplace, developing habits that make an individual a valuable worker, will allow a worker to eventually earn a higher salary.