Elections have consequences, but social stratification and media spin often make it difficult for the average citizen to evaluate the outcomes of many policies they support. Take for example increasing minimum wage: how many restaurant employees would continue to support this policy when their employers can no longer afford to keep them employed? How many middle-class customers paying higher prices at restaurants will believe that their loss in purchasing power is “helping” the poor? Since nobody in their gentrified social networks relies on low-paying jobs, these patrons are unlikely to know what happens behind the scenes. Do not expect the mainstream media to connect the dots.