Before anyone thinks to skewer me for that title, I'm just speaking of how Republicans seem to see it.
To them, the minimum wage is for the ignorant masses. If you're working a job making that, then you're not that bright and not that skilled. Heck, you likely don't vote. But many who do vote want that wage increased, so they play and pander to that segment of voters during election time and do a piss poor job acting like they want the wage to increase.
They say that raising the minimum wage would increase unemployment and inflation. 12 states that have a minimum wage higher than the federal wage are proof positive that the Republicans are full of hot air on those accusations.