Rcade et al:
I support a minimum wage, but $15 is ludicrous. What happened in Seattle is just a microcosm of what would happen all over the country. You would get mass layoffs. The alternative to those layoffs is for prices to skyrocket, which would drive consumers away, leading to...wait for it!...Layoffs.
The minimum wage was never intended or was never defined as "the wage at which a single or married couple can pay for a car, raise kids, live by themselves in their own apartment or house, and be satisfied."