The economic outcome for many is either a lack of work or not enough compensation. Living a healthy, stable life and starting or growing a family is awfully challenging for those without work or with inadequate compensation.
A pro-family society does what it takes to make sure the vital cell of society, the family, is protected, esteemed and has the means necessary for flourishing.
Economically speaking, we make sure people have the resources needed for starting and growing a family. If the amount of family wage jobs remains insufficient, then we provide assistance. If private and religious charity are not enough or inefficient, a more centralized institution should step in as needed.
If increasing the minimum wage can help employees and their family, increase it. If there are alternatives, such as expanding dependent credits or increased spending on social programs, do it - even if taxes must increase. Other solutions may also be possible. But unless we are prepared to say that the poor are to be excluded from the privilege of family life or that the interests of the rich supersede the interests of the poor, something must be done for Washington’s poor now.