CVC right you are about the your/our, for better or worse whoever we vote for is it.
Actually I thought Bush fairly bright especially when speaking on familiar ground. He scored higher on military inteligence test than Kerry. I think his mistakes with word usage is just some brain thing. He and Palin often seem earily similar to me. Very inteligent but not much intillectual curiousity. Not able to accomodate differing views.
I still think increasing the minimum would be a benefit. If hamburgers cost 30% more so what. Houses? Most are much bigger than we need. People should find the time to mow their own lawns. If minimum kept people out of poverty they could buy more. Henry Ford wanted every worker in his factory to be able to afford one of his cars, so he could sell them one. It would increase efficiency as we discarded labor intensive technology. One out of six kids lives in poverty.
There is truth to the idea of poverty being simply result of being the poorest person, still many western countries have higher wages than us.