We have some breaking news from the U.S. Department of Labor: not only is the minimum wage not much money, but people who are paid minimum wage would like to make more. Acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris took a cue from the president and rounded up his own human props in Charlotte, N.C., today to put a “human face” on the president’s push to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour.

Reports from the scene suggest that employers weren’t represented at today’s meeting, so no one from Chick-fil-A was there to explain where the company gets off paying people only $7.25 an hour to hate gays.

So, what did Acting Secretary Harris learn today? Surviving on $7.25 an hour is nearly impossible, $9 is “pay my bills money” and will give you a little space, and realizing the American dream will require somewhat more. So why does President Obama want to deny millions a shot at the American dream by wimping out at $9? Is he that cheap?