The average rent in New York is over $3,000 per month. The average rent in Charlotte is about $1,000 per month. If we use a rule of thumb number of 30% being what the typical person should spend on housing - in New York that translates to a $10,000 per month or $120,000 per year. In Charlotte that translates to $3,333 per month or $40,000 per year. $120,000/52 weeks/40 hours per week is $57.69/hour. $40,000/52/40 is $19.23/hour. If we do the same for Mississippi where the average rent is about $750/month we end up with a need of $14.42/per hour. How is the Federal government going to come up with a meaningful minimum or livable wage? I argue that the Federal Government can not do it. I further believe that any minimum/livable wage legislation that comes from the Federal government will be meaningless in terms of having an impact on the living standards of the working poor. I believe there is a different agenda in play that is not about a livable wage or living conditions.