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GOP Frontrunner Newt Gingrich Calls Child Labor Laws “Stupid”, Proposes Firing School Janitors and Using Students to Clean Schools

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, who is widely recognized as the current frontrunner in the race for the GOP nomination, provided an insightful look inside the mind of conservatives when he slammed child labor laws as “stupid” and proposed firing unionized school janitors and replacing them with cheap labor provided by poor schoolchildren.

You can’t make this shit up.

Gingrich’s comments came during a speech at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Friday evening. According to The Raw Story, the former House Speaker was mic-checked by a handful of ‘Occupy Boston’ protesters who mockingly thanked him for “standing up for corporations.”

Gingrich decried liberals’ supposed “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.”

He then made this shocking proposal:  “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 would have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising.”

Gingrich didn’t say what the legions of unemployed school janitors were supposed to do to survive after they’re replaced by kids.

The GOP frontrunner’s desire to turn back the clock to the early 20th century when children toiled away in danger, dirt and drudgery speaks volumes about the conservative mindset and who Republicans like Gingrich really serve. The sad thing is, calling child labor laws stupid and proposing the firing of thousands, maybe tens of thousands of school janitors probably won’t hurt him much in the polls. It could even increase his popularity among conservative voters.

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  1. KevinNovember 20, 2011 at 8:06 pmReply

    Personally I think all the kids should be cleaning their schools. You would still need janitors, but it makes a marvelous change in the maintenance of the buildings and grounds.

    • Brett WilkinsNovember 20, 2011 at 10:40 pmReplyAuthor

      My girlfriend is Japanese. She says that’s what kids in schools over there do.

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