Last month, Newt Gingrich advocated putting our children to work as school janitors. Just in case you thought someone slipped something into his Wheaties that morning, Gingrich doubled down on his statement, calling poor children “lazy,” saying they have no work ethic.
“Really poor children, in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works, so they have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day, they have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it is illegal.”
Here’s the video:
Okay. Let’s get past the fact that his comment is racist, classist and downright inhuman (no surprise coming from Gingrich). I almost have to give him kudos for his brazenness.
Gingrich doesn’t really want to see little Janie cleaning vomit from the Ms. Johnson’s first grade class. He really doesn’t want to see little Johnny serving Coke at the local McDonalds. He wants to see little Johnny serving Koch, at the local McDonalds.
If ever you thought the Republican Party **A wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries** was interested in lowering the unemployment rate, you were sadly mistaken. The Republican Party, in its current incarnation, has two goals; eliminating the federal government through zero taxes and cheap labor.
The first goal is for another article. Newt’s rhetoric about child labor is all about the second goal. A cheap labor agenda is nothing new to the GOP. They have always been anti-labor, but over the last 30 years, they have launched an all out multi-pronged attack:
* Union busting
* Expanding the labor force
That’s right. Republicans don’t want to do anything about unemployment. They want to see more unemployed people. Desperate, unemployed people, take desperate, low paying, no benefit jobs. To ensure a never ending pool of desperate, unemployed people, the Republicans are increasing the numbers. They are advocating prison labor, forcing seniors back into the workforce and adding little Janie and little Johnny as competition. Why in the world would anyone hire a 40 year old unemployed professional, when they can pay Grandpa or a child a fraction of the salary? Even if they screw up, the company would certainly get more than their money’s worth. Prisoners are even better. They are under threat not to screw up.
Next time Newt shocks us all with his desire to return to the days of Dickens, remember, he is only speaking for the entire Republican party **A wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries**. Romney/Perry/Bachmann/Cain/Santorum/Huntsman (and arguably Ron Paul) might not sound as brazen, but their goals are the same.