Is Newt Right About Poor Children?

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Is Newt Right About Poor Children?
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Fri, 12-02-2011 - 12:45am

Should some of the child labor laws be done away with?

 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 11:58am
In 1994, Newt Gingrich suggested placing children of teen mothers in orphanages if they could not support their children.
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 12:00pm

"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," Gingrich claimed.

OMG! And he is the leading GOP candidate?! Double Facepalm.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-30-2002
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 12:02pm

I completly agree with you on that. In fact, if my kid did something like that, I'd be the first to suggest it. I'd hand her the scrub brush and go find more for her to clean up, even if it wasn't her doing.



iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 12:05pm
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Where did Gingrich say anything like that? For the record, I don't have a problem with making vandals clean up their mess. However, that's not what Gingrich said nor implied.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 12:11pm
I remember that...in the Contract with America. Good thing that didn't fly.
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 12:12pm

The fact that this guy is a front runner says more about the moral sickness plaguing Republican voters than it does about Gingrich.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 12:18pm

Being poor doesen't automatically make one a bad parent.

Hottlips, I don't think you are watching enough Fox News. You haven't assimilated yet.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 12:23pm

You are right. Newt didn't say anything about high school students needing to work:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/not-an-onion-spoof-newt-gingrichs-education-plan-is-to-fire-janitors-and-replace-them-with-kids/

Former House Speaker

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 12:28pm

"You're going to see from me extraordinarily radical proposals to fundamentally change the culture of poverty in America and give people a chance to rise very rapidly."

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 12:37pm

He said he was not advocating revamping child labor laws or suggesting children drop out of school to become janitors. "I'm talking about working 20 hours a week and being empowered to succeed."

See? He's not being unreasonable? Kids under 14 shouldn't have to work full-time, just part-time. That makes it so much better, thanks for clarifying, Newt!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/22/newt-gingrich-child-labor-laws_n_1107864.html

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