“This is something that no liberal wants to deal with,” ******* said. “Core policies of protecting unionization and bureaucratization against children in the poorest neighborhoods, crippling them by putting them in schools that fail has done more to create income inequality in the United States than any other single policy. It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in, first of all, child laws, which are truly stupid.” [...]
“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.
Is that a quote from:
A. Andrew Carnegie
B. James Fisk, Jr.
C. Newt Gingrich
Suit up for this one gang because the answer is amazing.
Gingrich told a crowd at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government yesterday (November 19) that child labor laws are “tragic” and “stupid” and have “done more to create income inequality in the United States than any other single policy.”
I thought he was supposed to be the smart one?
Make no mistake friends. This is part of a plan to tap workforce at low pay. It has the added bonus of making sure that those uppity poor stay poor.
My parents were older than most of the kids I grew up with. They WERE child labor. My mother never made it past the eighth grade. My father never learned to read. Period.
The true irony of this is that Gingritch is ignoring the most important dynamic in the elimination of child labor.
The Great Depression. Sure, liberals and progressives of the time marched in the streets on the issue, but it was the lack of available jobs that would finially kill child labor. When the labour force was willing to work for the next to nothing pay the kids were getting, little Johnny and Sally were out on the street in no time.