Sunday, December 11, 2011

GOP Audience Applauds Child Labor

My repeated question, “Does something ugly have to happen at every Republican debate?” has been settled. Now the question is, “Which ugly thing happened at the Republican debate?” The GOP audience has already applauded letting the uninsured die, blaming the unemployed, the death penalty and waterboarding–and they booed a gay soldier serving in Iraq. The latest applause came yesterday when the debate turned to New Gingrich’s idea of firing janitors–especially since they're "unionized"–and replacing them with child laborers. During the debate, Gingrich argued that poor kids should work like their middle class counterparts. (Gingrich has also recently stated that poor kids don’t work "unless it’s illegal.") Do middle class kids, including those as young as 9, scrub school bathroom floors, or do they save their energies in school for their studies? Gingrich's comments come in the following at 3:48:

Gingrich: If you take one half of the New York janitors, who are unionized and paid more than the teachers. An entry-level janitor gets paid twice as much as an entry-level teacher. You take half those janitors, you could give lots of poor kids a work experience in the cafeteria, in the school library, in the front office, in a lot of different things. I’ll stand by the idea young people ought to learn how to work. Middle class kids do it routinely.

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