Newt Gingrich Supports Repeal of Child Labor Laws

(We thought this was a joke when we first heard it, but no, Gingrich really thinks child labor laws are “truly stupid.” – promoted by Colorado Pols)

With a statement combining arrogance and sheer impractical foolishness in the manner we’ve come to know and expect from him, Newt Gingrich has now declared that child labor laws are “truly stupid.”

Gingrich wants to repeal child labor laws, have schools fire almost all their janitors, keep just one “master janitor” and have that janitor supervise a fleet of newly-eligible 9 to 11 year olds hired for below-minimum wages to clean up their schools.

And no, I am not making this up. This is another actual, real, brilliant Newt Gingrich Idea:


I hope someone asks Super Genius Gingrich a follow-up question about what will happen to all those school janitors thrown out of work.

But what I really love is the way Gingrich sneeringly puts down current child labor laws as not only needing reform but “truly stupid.” The guy’s arrogance knows no bounds.

Stee-RIKE! You’re out, Newt. You can join Bachmann, Perry, and Cain in the dugout. Next batter: Rick Santorum!

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  1. Gray in Mountains says:

    put the kids to work!!! So they can buy his videos.

  2. Aristotle says:

    I want these guys to keep talking and talking and talking. Nothing will get them back into the minority faster.

  3. raymond1 says:

    See, the problem the poor have is that they use “ghetto language” and need to “learn” not not to be poor!

    * His work with Fannie Mae was on how we could help “the poor to learn to be non-poor?” ( If I learn to be non-short, I could be in the NBA! (If the NBA still existed, that is.)

    * Immigrants’ problem is that they need to”learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity [English], not the language of living in a ghetto,” Spanish.

    Notice that substantial portions of the R party have been bouncing their support among peddlers of bigotry: Gingrich; Cain (who wouldn’t hire Muslims, he said, because a “majority” of American muslims are enemies); Perry (“N-head”).

    Party of “opportunity,” my ass.

    • raymond1 says:

      “If a poor kid wants to be less poor, divert some time away from this ‘school’ thing and start doing our cleaning for a few bucks an hour.”

      He’s like the Moses of the poor, leading the huddled masses to greater prosperity, a few bucks per toilet cleaned at a time.

    • And devolves it to fit his stereotypical and misguided ideas.

      I believe that in social work, it is widely accepted that people (rich, poor, and otherwise) develop a mindset based on their living and working conditions, and that breaking them out of that mold can be difficult.

      There’s a front page article at Kos yesterday that details various peoples’ experiences trying to emulate being poor for a while.  From a Rabbi making his meals on a food stamp budget:

      “All I think about is food and food,” he said, his voice trailing longingly over the phone as he spoke from his apartment in New York City. […]

      People on rigid budgets are limited not only by what they can eat but also by what they can do, Gutow said. “It feels a bit like you’re imprisoned,” he said. A lot of mental energy is spent thinking about food, when it could be spent on something else, he said. “You can’t be all you can be.”

      Four days into the challenge, Gutow started to feel like he did at the same point during the 2007 challenge: “dead in the senses.” No one should live like that, he said.

      I’ve had a personal experience with depression and being relatively poor – it’s hard to break out of it, and your attitude keeps you poor.  You don’t think yourself to be worth a better job, you just sink into the grief of trying to pay bills.

      But Gingrich’s “just put kids to good hard work for sub-minimum wage pay and they’ll learn to not be poor” is a sad joke.  It changes nothing about the beliefs that surround many poor people and tend to hinder their advance.

  4. RavenDawg says:

    This will solve our illegal immigrant problem–I’m sure hiring 9-11 year olds will be even cheaper than immigrants.

  5. Pita says:

    Not a new or original opinion but he goes out of his way to prove it over and over again.  

    No doubt about it, Newt just outed himself as the inmate running the asylum.  

  6. Whiskey Lima Juliet says:

    Why would you even bring this up?  What circle of people do you hang around with that you somehow think this will ever be a good idea?

    I am just completely confused…

  7. ProgressiveCowgirl says:

    I say: What the fuck?

    Come on. I’m SO in favor of working early. I got way more out of my first job (age 12, so not quite 9-11) than anything I learned in school that year. But… janitorial work? I’m trying to make him have some sort of sensible point here, but he just really seems to want to live in a third world country.

    If you want to give kids work experience–which is a good thing–create programs like the one my middle and high school had where they take on temporary work experience projects and receive school credit. (Mine turned into a paid job as child labor for a horse trainer. She liked to throw things, but it was still the most fun summer of my young life.)

  8. raymond1 says:

    I suppose he never said they’d be GOOD ideas…

      • MADCO says:

        let it alone, Newt, as the latest not-Romney is supposed to outcrazy Romney so Flopney can be the nominee.

        See, the process works. The nomination process is supposed to make the candidates known and transparent, and narrow it down o the best one.  Which we all know is and will be ….

        generic R!.”  

    • If you throw enough ideas around, some of them are bound to be good ideas that stick.  Just try as many as you can…

      • VanDammer says:

        I do think that each of them are trying to strike the most insane, outrageous position just to get attention.  Between Santorum, Bachmann, Cain, Parry, & Newt they’re all striving to come up with the most batshit crazy idea to buzz today’s media only to back away come the caucuses & primaries.

        Of course braniac Newt has his self-provided out — remember his “anyone who quotes me is lying” idiocy?  He’ll whip that out if he makes it any further than February.

        These Repugs can’t honestly think they got a snowballs chance in hell so WTF just say anything & the crazier the better.  Either that or it’s a Koch-headed plan that makes Mittens just look more & more sane as days go by.

    • VanDammer says:

      he will though come in all derisive & snotty mocking the belief that these fools are serious contenders and merit any discussion.

      AGOP though needs to own up that his party, his core group of voters, his bread & butter Repugs are paying attention to these fools and letting them speak for their party.  That is a primo embarassment and one that will cause some suffering in ’12.  

      Everytime one of these asses opens their mouths it just turns another Independent bluer.  

    • redstateblues says:

      He already disavowed Newt. Romney is the only candidate he’s now officially allowed to shill for.

  9. Pam Bennett says:

    Newt the very extreme divorcer is playing to the Iowa voters, and a lot of idiots who are on the dirt road back to 1100.

    One of the back page stories has been increasing restrictions of children working on farms and ranches by various government agencies. OSHA, that should set off a lot of repub pace makers, is a key agency the anti-America Republicans want to kill off because it does regulate to prevent deaths and injuries.

    I expect the Newt to use a line invoking the restrictions of children on farms by OSHA as a show stopper in one of the “debates” closer to Iowa primary day.

  10. dukeco1 says:

    Starting about age 10, we were put to work on the farm and in the tobacco fields of eastern Kentucky. We worked for, or with, our families and friends. We didn’t mind (too much, depending on the day)and we enjoyed having a little pocket money.

    But, this is not what Newt is talking about. I believe he longs for the days Jack London wrote about in “the Apostate”.

    If you haven’t read it…you should.

  11. Gray in Mountains says:

    But, what Newt is talking about is “repealing child labor laws”. These laws prevent companies from using children as their primary source of labor by resticting hours and conditions.  

  12. sxp151 says:

    my dad and I lied about my age so I could try a temp job with him working in a newspaper printing plant. It was AWESOME.

    But if someone had told me then that cleaning toilets for less than minimum wage is my only ticket out, I would have started selling drugs.

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