You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Didn’t he say this like a week ago? What’s the biggie?” Well, he said something similar just over a week ago. Last week, Newt said, “Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they’d have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising.”
And then, of course, he said that child labor laws that are intended to keep children’s fingers safely on school pencils and out of factory machinery were “truly stupid.”
He outdid himself this week with this doozy. Yes, it is possible. Speaking to fundraisers Thursday night at a dinner outside Des Moines, Iowa, Gingrich said:
Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and nobody around them who works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of “I do this and you give me cash”… unless it’s illegal.
Dude just called ALL working class poor folks, including the Original Herman Cain, criminals. And Cain must have been a mob boss or something because he was po’ before he was poor!
Really though, Gingrich is a douche. The facts are 72% of low-income families work LEGALLY and they work hard with an average annual work effort of 2,552 hours, roughly one and one-quarter full-time jobs. So, “nobody around them who works?” He’s right. Unless everyday is a Bring You Child to Work Day.
- Newt Gingrich: Fire School Janitors, Hire Children – Child Labor Laws Are “Truly Stupid” (restoringtruthiness.org)
- Newt Gingrich: Poor kids ‘have no habits of working … unless it’s illegal’ (dailykos.com)
- Gingrich: Poor Kids Have No Work Habits (abcnews.go.com)