I know it isn't Obama that invented the federal minimum wage. But why does it even exist???? Shouldn't this be a state-by-state thing? MA has a minimum of $8. More than the federal standard. I'm betting in some areas, it could be LOWERED from $7.25. But an across-the-board minimum means that people in more rural areas of the country are hit the hardest. ????? I don't get it. I'm sure it was some robber-baron-thing 100 years ago, but isn't it time to get out of federal wage management and let the states handle this themselves???? Don't they know their own economies?