i don't think there's anything odd about offering a livable wage to adult employees, the govt shouldn't have to "make" you do that if you have any ethics at all. Unfortunately the Walmart example is more the norm these days than the mom and pop shop who cared about the community they lived in. And yes, of course it's the fault of the greedy walmart children that their workers are living in poverty and their company exploits govt programs. Who else's fault would that be? Take a smaller paycheck and spread the wealth to the actual people keeping your stores in operation. Spreading the wealth to the people who keep your company running seems to be the obvious thing to do in fair and ethical business practices. Not valuing your employees because you don't have to is greedy, and greed is a big problem in the unemployment situation at the moment.
Seems the same people who blame the employee for taking the job and therefore deserving not to earn a livable wage are the same people who berate folks for being on unemployment or welfare. make up your mind, do you want folks to work or not?