Newt Gingrich Doubles Down on Child Labor
Under Newt’s logic children of the uber rich should be put into forced labor camps because they grow up in an environment where nobody around them works. Indeed, there’s even less opportunity to see work being done among the children of the Uber-rich than among the children of the poor and working poor who Gingrich singles out.
Earlier in the day, Gingrich offered more explosive rhetoric on the subject. During a meeting with Nationwide Insurance employees in Des Moines, he was asked to clarify his views on child labor laws, which he recently described as “truly stupid.”
“Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and nobody around them who works,” Gingrich replied. “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.”
He said he favored putting children to work in paid jobs at the schools they attend “as early as is reasonable and practical.”
Gingrich initially drew criticism for the idea after an appearance at Harvard last month, when he promised “extraordinarily radical proposals” to change America’s “culture of poverty,” such as allowing children as young as 9 to replace adult janitors at schools.