I love the "if someone cannot support themselves on $12/hr" bullshit.
You know most people support more then just themselves, they have kids, spouses etc.
My wife makes 13 and change an hour. Her "full time" job comes in at 35 hours a week, just enough for her to be considered full time. After taxes and health insurance she brings home 650 every other week. Rent alone is 1200 a month, cheapest in our area, throw in $90 for cell service, another $90 for cable and internet plus another 100 for electricity and we have no money at the end of the month and we have the cheapest health plan they offer and if me, her, or our kids ever got severely sick/injured we'd be screwed. She has an education, in fact graduated top of her class but graduated 2007 as a teacher, so you see where that is going.
The idea that 10, 11, 12, 13, or even 14 or 15 dollars an hour is a living wage is a joke. If I didn't have the Post 9/11 GI Bill coming in on top of her wages we would be going into a massive amount of debt so that I can get my engineering degree.