The entire notion of "taking advantage" is stupid as fuck, technically speaking you can argue anyone is taking advantage of everyone... the unemployed are taking advantage of the working class... you can even argue the disabled are taking advantage of the working class... you can play with that word for literally anything. and it's been used very frequently by communist/socialist nutjobs.
The fact that many manufactoring jobs shut down is also lots to do with the power the unions hold, and the minimum wage as well.
The overall point I was trying to make is that the minimum wage if anything negatively impacts the lower skilled workers. And also drives consumer prices up which almost always affects the lower class.
The other point I was making had to do with the fact that even things like milk products somehow are cheaper being transported all the way from fucking Finland... Are there no cows in Israel? there's actually a fuck ton of them over here. the only thing preventing this business from thriving like it would naturally is the combination of dumb regulations, lack of a true open market to create competition and ultimately the minimum wage in some form.
The farmers don't actually get much, Since every dumb ass gets a higher pay then the job he's actually doing, the prices sky rocket till they reach the consumer that gets an inflated price, inflated by workers who are milking the economy to inflation.
Now ofc I'm not claiming the minimum wage Has the single handed responsibility since i've already mentioned that in 99% of the countries the minimum wage is just A gimic politicans are selling the public when in reality they are never dumb enough to raise it above the standard low skill labor pay, but it certainly doesn't help anyone yet alone grow the economy like you're trying to claim.
It's pretty A pretty simple concept really, the prices adjust to the capability of your own pocket. when more people would make less money the prices would naturally drop to fit the glove that is the consumer. It's the cycle of the economy. it's not for nothing for instance that poor neighborhoods usually have stores selling at half the price.
You wrote "no one said that more money = more worth", yet you claim it "increases people's spending power", as if there is no economical cycle that directly impacts spending power. so you literally just said that yourself.
"purchasing power" is acquired via capital transaction, giving workers more money manually just causes inflation, that is not giving anyone
any more spending power.
It's also funny you bring up recession like one of it's main causes isn't wage control.
About your claim of increased productivity, i'm not surprised, as many people who you would deem "less productive" or will probably be out of their jobs, so "productivity" will go up!
and about the employee turnover, it's the same concept, less employment for low skilled workers = more employee turnover naturally.