A living wage would most likely crash the economy because it would eliminate businesses that rely on low skill low pay employees to function. The only way businesses can survive in that type of environment is automation. Few fast food employees will get paid $15 an hour to flip burgers, they will instead get fired and a robot that woks for power cost will take their job, leaving the low skill person unable to find a low skill job because they will become very rare.
The only way the government could stop that crash would be to provide subsidies and funding for businesses that have a large number of minimum wage employees, and to provide the funding for that they would likely have to eliminate something else, welfare would be a prime candidate because low income individuals are the problem we are trying to fix.
The above statement implies the elimination of either welfare or a living wage in favor of the other, based on the information above it is better to stop complaining, although in my experience most people complain about the types of people on welfare not necessarily the number.
Here where I live in Brevard County, FL a living wage is $22.77 an hour! I don't think we can bring everyone up to that standard so we need to work on the factors that make the wage that high. When a two bedroom apartment is $1200.00 and you need to put first and last month down plus cleanup deposit you see the problem. We all know about the price of food and on and on. So pay the living wage or reduce the costs but something is going to break and it won't be pretty!
One of the problems is that seniors on fixed incomes will NOT be benefited by "living wage" increases and will be subject to expected inflationary pressures (especially on food and medications) as commerce will raise its prices to pay for increased wage expenses. As these necessity increases don't affect "official" cost of living indices - social security payments will not be affected - so seniors will have to bear the brunt of inflation with no increases in incomes. Seems unfair to me.
They don't support a living minimum wage because they think it's an introductory wage and people shouldn't stay there for a career, but they ignore a ton of 3rd party factors that can hinder a person's advancement. People who are successful are more likely to think others who aren't successful are lazy or not smart enough or make bad decisions and also think that they themselves aren't those things and their success was based on only the opposite of those things.
They have every base covered and their argument is "infallible". It's kind of like that dumb "The Secret" mentality.