There are societal issues so complex and divisive among us that it is hard to know what is the right thing to do (immigration, abortion, for example). One way to approach these issues is to build our decisions upon principles that can be applied consistently:
If there is a law in place, then enforce the law.
Consistently follow through with accountability as defined by the law (this always seems to be the hardest part).
If it is a bad law or a law that does not match our current set of principles and what we want to do, then change the law accordingly.
In the meantime, don’t rationalize lawlessness as a solution because lawlessness breeds more lawlessness which undermines our framework for a safe and civil society.
While a federal bill to raise the minimum wage is stalled in congress, 29 states have a minimum wage greater than the federal rate – covering 60% of the working population. No less than 21 states raised minimum wages at the start of 2015, and more are likely to do so in the coming years.