“Everyone who works an honest job should make enough to survive!”
One argument against a $15-dollar minimum wage is that it hurts those whom it is supposed to help. If you outlaw the ability of a worker to agree to an employment contract that is less than $15/hr—then you will condemn, to unemployment, countless workers who cannot provide more than $15/hr worth of value to an employer: the worker simply will not be hired.
Thus the only way for a $15/hr minimum wage to really work as wanted—is through tyranny:
(1) government must outlaw workers’ right to contract for less;
(2) government must outlaw employers right to seek profit by selective hiring.
Government would have to force employers to hire anyone who feels like applying for work on a given day—no matter their mediocrity—and then the employer must toil to make the forced-hiring work on paper.
In other words: for a $15/hr minimum wage to do its job, government must outlaw the aim for profit—leaving employers with an allowance only to create businesses for the sole purpose of enriching anyone who happens by and wants some money—no matter how poorly they work.
An alternative to that impossible Socialist economic-pornography is to let people enter into an emploment contract for their services based on what they are actually worth (the value they can provide to others). Then if the person is dissatisfied with their market-value: encourage and facilitate them to increase their ability to create value for others (which is what a business must do anyways).
But paying people to suck at their job can only make them a slave to the whims of heavy-handed, hypocritical, expensive, impractical government oversight. But of course, that slavery is really the aim of the “$15 minimum” Socialist puppeteers, as they seduce various greedy, incompetent people—through fear and anger—into wanting something for nothing. Meanwhile, in the real world: something for nothing is, at best, called “charity,” at worst called “theft”—but in no case called “industry.”