I did not say it was better, I am saying that once you take everything into account, that $20/hr isn't as much as looks like. The Dutch pay higher taxes, pay more for nearly everything they have to buy, etc.
Plus you keep comparing that $20 to the minimum wage, which isn't what the average pay from McDonalds is in the US. If you want to be accurate use that number (not sure what it is in NYC) but nationwide it's over $9.00 an hour.
Well let's test that shall we?American fast food worker making $7.25/hr (the $9/hr+ figure includes shift managers, who make maybe $13). 2080 hours a year= $15080. But they don't get insurance or paid leave. Let's be super generous and say that, between social functions, family emergencies and illnesses they take 6 unpaid days off a year, so really they're working 2032 hours a year, for a total of $14,732.
I'll take it as a given that someone making that little pays no state or federal taxes, but they still pay FICA (SS and Medicare) to the tune of about 8%, so a grand total of $13,553.44.
Now, Denmark pays its workers (roughly) $20/hr. Remember that they have 5 weeks (HOLY CHRIST!) paid vacation a year, so they're really only working 1880 hours/year and getting paid for 2080. But okay, 2080*$20=$41,600. After taxes that's $29,665.
Someone in Denmark gets paid 2.2 times as much for LESS work (1880 vs. 2032 hours). Really, for hours actually worked, more like 2.36 times the pay.
Their cost of living is, what'd you say, 30% higher on average? Let's just take that out of their earnings off the top so you can see a proper comparison. Like, let's just pretend that Danes make 30% less after taxes and compare those numbers. I'm sure it's not completely accurate but, hey, just for funsies.
Danes still make 1.66 times what their American counterparts make for an hour of work. If American workers were compensated equivalently, not even accounting for other "bonuses" like healthcare which I'll assume, given the low pay of a McD worker is paid for by Medicare, would be $12/hr.
That seems fair. How about we put the minimum wage at $12/hr?