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Brief Perspective On U.S. Minimum Wage Hikes
At least 21 states have each hiked their minimum wage, "on their own", this year from the Federal minimum of $7.25/hr. The hike varies from one state to another and ranges from $7.40/hr to $9.32/hr.
"On their own" means each of the 21 states could not wait for the Congressional National Minimum Wage of $9.32/hr or the $10.10/hr hike the President is crying for. Both have stalled in Congress.
Taking into perspective a hypothetical family of three (one wage earner, spouse and one child), the present rate of $7.25/hr brings an income of $1,160/mo (assuming take home, no deductions). The expenses for this family generally can be estimated at $1,125/mo which amounts to a cost of living of 96.98%.
With a Congressional minimum wage hike of $9.32/hr, the total income for this family is $1,491, an increase of 28.53% from the previous wage.
Assuming at this point that expenses (prices) remain constant, the cost of living will be 75.45%, a decrease of 21.53% from 96.98%.
So far so good.
However, raises in prices of rents, goods, commodities, services, etc., are a most probable impact of this wage hike. By some customary devil's curse or through some nagging traditional statistics, such raises are commonly 1/2 of the wage increase; in this case 1/2 of 28.53%. Conservative projection could be anywhere from 10-14%, regardless. Therefore the wage hike to $9.32/hr will consequently increase the cost of living to 83% instead of the 75.45%.
With taxes and other pay deductions, the total cost of living will amount to approx. 87-90% for this hypothetical family. Remember 96.98% before minimum wage hike!
Well, there is at least a 7% decrease in the cost of living to be thankful for from this Congressional wage increase. Not bad at all for those employed!
The perspective is dismal for the unemployed and those living on fixed income. The hike in minimum wage will cause a projected 10-14% inevitable increase in living expenses.
It seems like nobody at minimum level can afford to spend anymore or not to be employed in this U. S. A.
When your body is NO LONGER SUPPORTED by one of your legs, you hop with one leg to move from point A to point B or fall on the ground.
When your body is NO LONGER SUPPORTED by both legs, you fall on the ground and use your arms and hands for mobility.
When a chair is NO LONGER SUPPORTED by one or two legs, it rests on the ground to securely support whoever sits on it.
When a building is NO LONGER SUPPORTED by its support structures such as posts, beams, walls, etc., it lists to the most stable position on the ground or collapses into inconceivable chunks and debris that definitely assume stable positions.  
When your computer system, such as browser is NO LONGER SUPPORTED by a website or parts thereof, it is useless for that website or parts thereof. Move on and forget that website or parts thereof.
WHY? The client (user) computer greets the website server with information (codes written in computer language) which the latter server scrutinizes.  
The error message "NO LONGER SUPPORTED" spits out when the server finds an tissue in one or more of the following (details of which require one or 100+ exquisite explanations by an expert):
  • General information
  • Operating System
  • Browser features
  • Accessibility features
  • Acid scores
  • HTML
  • Web Technology
  • Plug-ins and syndicated content
  • JavaScript
  • Protocol
  • Image format
  • Native multimedia
  • Security and vulnerabilities
Neither the user's computer nor the website server will give any recommendation to address the issue(s). You, the user, are on your own.
By the way, not all websites have the courtesy to display “NO LONGER SUPPORTED” or something similar. Through protocol, the user’s browser recognizes the issue and defaults to display “… cannot open the Internet site.” or ” … cannot open the webpage.” or something similar. There are cases where the user’s PC just freezes. All these mean the same thing, ”Your browser (or O/S or Platform) IS NO LONGER SUPPORTED by our website.”
There are options. 
  • Install THE LATEST MOST POWERFUL BROWSER. There are more than 45 browsers available, one or more of which might be compatible with the platform of your computer as well as satisfy the website's needs for browsing and thereby address the issue. Some of these browsers (at least 4 here in the U.S.) are downloadable for free.
The dilemma and/or regret to this option is: Installing a new browser is like renovating or remodeling your house whereby sections or parts of your house must be torn down and  removed. Eventually your house will be no longer the "Original". Very similarly, your computer will certainly lose one or more functions which are valuable to you, and/or lose its entire originality (functionality) after installing a new browser. You will be appalled your computer is no longer what you bought years ago.
  • Preserve the originality and integrity of your computer and never visit websites that NO LONGER SUPPORT your computer system. Unfortunately this could include such websites as credit cards, banks, some news sites, games, online vendors, etc.
  • Buy a brand new PC.
This is how demanding, complicated, impossible, etc., etc., etc., the internet has become from the informative, entertaining, useful piece of program it was intended to be.