Newt Gingrich Calls For End Of Child Labor Laws

During a speech on Friday at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called child labor laws “truly stupid,” and proposed ending them. Gingrich’s plan includes firing unionized school janitors and replacing them with poor children who coincidentally are mostly African American and hispanic. Gingrich then said that these children would work under a “master janitor.”

“It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in child laws which are truly stupid,” Gingrich said. “Saying to people you shouldn’t go to work before you’re 14, 16. You’re totally poor, you’re in a school that’s failing with a teacher that’s failing. I tried for years to have a very simple model. These schools should get rid of unionized janitors, have one master janitor, pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work; they’d have cash; they’d have pride in the schools. They’d begin the process of rising. Go out and talk to people who are really successful in one generation. They all started their first job at 9 to 14 years of age. They are selling newspapers, going door to door, washing cars. They were all making money at a very young age. What do we say to poor kids in poor neighborhoods? Don’t do it. Remember all the stuff about not getting a hamburger-flipping job? Worst possible advice to give the poor children.”

Basically, Newt is saying we should replace unionized labor with slave labor. You know, because kids are so easy to manipulate that you can pay them in dimes and they won’t know any better. Plus, children won’t demand health insurance, weekends off, vacations, overtime, etc… Newt Gingrich is proposing we take childhood away from our kids and take jobs away from adults as a way to undermine those pesky minimum wage laws and other benefits mentioned above that many conservatives would rather not give their workers. Child labor laws are there for a reason, to protect adult workers and to protect children. Gingrich’s plan basically puts children into slavery and adults into the unemployment line. All in the name of profit.