Now, that should give everyone an idea of just how far the concept of minimum wage has come. Such a lawsuit would be very unlikely today, and such a decision even unlikelier. Furthermore, can anyone imagine an employee standing up against the concept of minimum wage and proclaiming that they were happy with their wages. This is how far this country has come in the idea of limited government, regulations, property rights and state's rights. A hundred years ago, the country wouldn't have stood for a national minimum wage law because such a law would be seen as an affront to the tenth amendment.
The Tenth Amendment (Amendment X) of the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, was ratified on December 15, 1791. The Tenth Amendment restates the Constitution's principle of Federalism by providing that powers not granted to the National government nor prohibited to the states are reserved to the
states and to the people.
There was also a time when the country saw things like minimum wage as needless regulation. Now, politicians use the concept of minimum wage as a populist theme. It is truly amazing thing that we have gone in less than a hundred years from seeing minimum wage as an unnecessary incursion on things like liberty, private contracts, state's rights, to a concept that defines politicians in a populist manner.