Don't be silly. Those in power and who make well over this amount see $57,000 USD as chump change or disposable income. Earning that amount in salary is hardly a threat because, Bentley's, caviar and Cristal are still expensive to buy. It will however, enable those who do earn this amount to live, eat, clothe along with transport themselves around like civil and human beings. Honestly, there should be no threat in finding approaches to affordability in the USA, by making hyperinflation or that of producing currency methods to keep the economy afloat. The financial threat of setting a minimum wage too low, is that people are unable to afford anything which in turn creates an economy of people known as "poor" without the ability to spend or buy things. Without being able to do this would mean that the economy and it's surroundings like corporations and businesses that not only pay it's workers but commerce of stores and products by way of where the money is used are unable to stay in business as a result. This is the problem, America has an unrealistic view of what it takes to adequately live, and for some reason feels threatened by the middle ground which is hardly middle because it still only affords the basics in human living circumstances.
Virtual currency is a topic that many people are discussing and or mining. Basically a person buys into virtual currency company of sorts that is created and exchanged on-line. You cannot print out the virtual currency that would be bar coded in some way so that it could be scanned and tracked at a local supermarket in exchange for food or other goods or even movie tickets. The money is maintained online and is not sold as let's say dollar to dollar purchase. It is more like buying a piece of stock where the shares or value change from day to day as though you are trading currency. If a piece of virtual currency is worth $15 USD, then that is what you pay to purchase it. As long as the virtual company you have purchased your virtual currency from stays solvent or in business and merchants still honor that virtual currency then you have created a wealth of investment for yourself without "virtually" spending any money. This is like purchasing a stock from a company that has no government or state regulations or a number to call if and when the virtual currency company collapses. It's basically a gamble because if the virtual currency tanks then so does your virtual wealth unless you can find a way to exchange your virtual money for cash, before the well runs dry.
Retirement accounts are supposed to be diversified and made to include a lot of different types of investments. Can virtual currency be one of them? Why not? This would really work well with consumer purchases made online and can be used the way a health savings accounts is. Who knows, pharmacies, hospitals and medical offices can get in on this as an alternative payment opportunity. For example DocCoin is valued at $10 USD. After downloading the software and creating a virtual account, a person is able to buy DocCoin. An amount of $100 USD is used to purchase a few $10 USD shares of DocCoin. As DocCoin increased in popularity and value along with more company investors, within a few years DocCoin which was once worth $10 USD is now worth $1,000 in USD, this person now has $10,000 USD in DocCoin. In a retirement account, as long as DocCoin stays solvent, and the value of the virtual currency increases and combined with other retirement accounts will contribute to one's retirement savings overall. Once in retirement this virtual currency can be used to make purchases where DocCoin is accepted. We're not coining any phrases here-were just mining the store. Use DocCoin for virtual retirement currency!