Is Newt Right About Poor Children?

iVillage Member
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: 10-11-2005
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:19pm
lizzie_B wrote:

Really? When he was in congress, he wanted to put all poor kids into orphanages. Said it would be good for them.

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:20pm

There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with a teen working.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:30pm


Who said that? Child labor laws are set out to protect children from exploitation by employers. Children can still work on paper routes (if they still exist), baby sitting, dog walking, washing cars, cutting lawns as age appropriate work.

Gingrich's statements go far beyond children learning the value of a dollar by hard work. He targets a segment of the population:

“Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits for working and have nobody around them who works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday,”

These are the ones that he feels we need to set aside the child labor laws. Not you and your desire to earn a few $ mucking out stalls.

It's sick and twisted and the true sign of class warfare.
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2005
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:32pm
nisupulla wrote:

There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with a teen working.

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:32pm
Actually, just poor people in poor neighborhoods. I don't think he cares about middle class or rich folk, I guess they inherit work ethic from their parents.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:33pm

nisupulla wrote:

"Obviously, I disagree. If a young person works at a minimum wage job is treated poorly and is paid poorly, how does that teach them a "work ethic"?"

First, not all people who work in minimum wage jobs are treated poorly.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:43pm
Well said. That's exactly how I took Gingrich's statements.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:46pm

Have you seen what children do in really poor neighborhoods?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:46pm
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I completely agree with that. What I find objectionable is Gingrich's belief that children from poor families don't/won't have a good work ethic.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:48pm

chestnuthooligan wrote:

"I don't think he cares about middle class or rich folk, I guess they inherit work ethic from their parents."

Actually you are exactly right.

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