should the minimum wage be mandated by the government? One side says yes to protect from abusive companies that would pay people 15 cents an hour, and people who had no choice would get trapped. The other side says no since its the government interfering with private business. Personally I don't trust large corporations at all (kind of like in my monopolies thread) and I know that dipshit ceos would pay people a dime an hour just so they could make a few million more a year and that many people would be unable to find another job or get out of the situation and be forced to take crap pay. The obvious sign of this is jobs sent overseas to where companies can do that.