Newt Doubles Down On Blaming The Poor

In what has to be the most open admission of how Newt assesses the opinions of his Republican supporters, Newt Gingrich, far from retracting his statement a couple of weeks ago about replacing school janitors with poor kids, has doubled down, saying this about poor children at a campaign event in Iowa:

“They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’-unless it’s illegal,” Gingrich said, according to multiple reports of the event.

Project much, Newtie?

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  • Madeleine Begun Kane  On Friday December 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    If Newt ends up getting the nomination, Obama should count himself a very lucky incumbent.

    • Steve  On Friday December 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      Mad, the GOP has put up such a bunch of nonentities that even Obama, even in his most give-away-the-store mood, could win in 2012. The GOP’s only remaining weapon is what we saw in 2000… outright election theft. I’m betting on it.

  • Bryan  On Friday December 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Actually, a charter school in Pensacola did this … and the management is now facing prison time. Someone should explain to Newt that for nearly a century unless it was on a family farm, child labor is illegal in this country. My Father graduated from high school at 15 and had to wait a year to get working papers in New York, and that was in the 1930s.

    I hate to think of the people who took his history courses in Georgia, when he taught in college, because he obviously doesn’t know much about American history.

    • Steve  On Friday December 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      Family farm or family restaurant… at least in Houston, there would be neither Chinese food nor Indian food without family restaurants in which the family’s teens work some shifts. How much? I couldn’t tell you, but at at least one Indian hole-in-the-wall I know, the college-age children worked regular shifts during their summer vacations. No one ever missed school, AFAIK, but they certainly worked. I liked the teens, because they gave generous portions. 🙂

      Societal attitudes on child labor vary worldwide, and having children clean their own schools is common practice in Japan, as one of the regular but infrequent commenters, Philip Adamek, an American who lives in Japan, notes. I think what is important here is that US businesses comply fully with US law on child labor… and that typically means it is prohibited.

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