Re: "The things that actually seem to work in making the poor richer."
@DaveDaveDave: I've always viewed minimum wage as a guilt payment by the Government to those they've fucked over. Whether that be through open borders driving down wages at the bottom or a lack of genuine training opportunities and/or a shit education system that teaches to the test rather than providing people with the skills to get on in life. Of course their (all Governments) failure to deal with real price inflation plays a part too by allowing costs to soar. That failure may take the form of blowing bubbles (no M Jackson jokes please) in housing to general failure to invest in critical infrastructure which leaves the country importing ever more energy from overseas. Like I said - it is a guilt payment.