Newt: Fire The School Janitors, Put The Kids To Work Cleaning

Yes, he really did say that. AFSCME made an ad of it, using the appropriate number from the musical Annie. TPM serves it up for us. Go. Watch. Laugh if you’re able… I’m having a bit of trouble seeing exactly what is funny about Newt’s proposal to ditch child labor laws.

I know it is obvious, but I feel a need to say it aloud: Newt is a deeply evil man who belongs in the Big House, not the White House.

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  • jams o donnell  On Tuesday November 22, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Bloody hell, he’s not even hiding his evil. Shouldn’t he be slapping on a genial face and hide the cloven hooves?

    • Steve  On Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 9:57 am

      jams, you, as a serious student of American history, probably remember Newt’s history in high office. As Speaker of the House, he fucked up so badly as to inadvertently engineer the Republican loss of the House in, um, 1996? As a husband, he presented his wife, as she lay dying of cancer, with divorce papers… Republican “family values,” you know. At one point, he had a plan to provide every poor child in America with… a laptop computer. Never mind feeding them; just give them a laptop.

      Gingrich once described himself as a “bomb-throwing radical.” Every time I see him speak, I assume the duck-and-cover position…

  • upyernoz  On Tuesday November 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    the funny thing about it is watching the GOP line up behind this absolute train wreck of a candidate as if he is a savior from the dreaded romney.

    personally, i think that’s hilarious. and no, i have no serious concerns that the fair labor standards act of 1938 is in any danger.

    • Steve  On Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

      ‘noz, it’s almost as if Newt had no past, or that that past has been forgiven and forgotten. This man has tried before to sink our economy. This man has succeeded in shutting down our government. All but the most ideologically driven citizens will remember that, and anyone who doesn’t remember, we’ll remind them.

      Run, Newt, run!

  • karmanot  On Tuesday November 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    You would think he’d include old ladies and ancient boy scouts, who have more experience cleaning.

    • Steve  On Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

      the ancient BS, um, Boy Scouts are too busy helping the old ladies cross streets they never wanted to cross to do any effective cleaning.

  • Philip Adamek  On Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Embarrassed to have to say this, but where I live (Japan), children cleaning their own schools has long been the rule. I believe Newt would make a fine leader… of a Japanese grade school.

    OT: can people concerned about the death penalty cast a vote on this page to support the Governor of Oregon in his decision to disallow the death penalty for the remainder of his term in office? His support on the page has been growing throughout the day after an onslaught of bloodthirsty wankers first logged in and made known their feelings.

    • Steve  On Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Philip, as I’m sure you understand, cultural context is everything here. In America, only poor kids would be effectively indentured into cleaning their schools; rich kids’ parents would assure their schools a supply of real janitors. Perhaps that is true in Japan as well; I don’t know.

      But in America, the statement Newt made was intended to be another dash of filthy soapy water in the face of the poor. Always remember: for many rich people in America, the best thing about being rich is being able to remind poor people that they’re not. Newt is very much such a rich person… or at least he was before his trophy wife discovered Tiffany’s and credit…

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