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: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 9:51pm

It's called working your way up.

Ha! The myth of the meritocracy!

Maybe once upon a time in the old days when the middle class existed, it was possible to work hard at a job, get recognized, and "work your way up". That was then. This is now.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 9:53pm

Most middle class or rich people have worked hard, started at the bottom and worked their way up.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 9:56pm

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

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 10:00pm

nisupulla wrote:

" Most of them are treated as if they are "lucky to have a job" and "if you can cut it , I have 10 others who want you job"

In Obama's economy....that statement couldn't be more true.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 10:01pm

It teaches them that not ALL bosses are nice

WHOA. I don't think you are following this through. Gingrich is making the assumption that these kids who need to learn the work ethic because they are not learning the work ethic at home. Presumably because, in his opinion, the parents are couch potatoes.

If these kids get a crappy, not nice boss, where is the support system that helps them to navigate the problem? Not the boss, not the parents, not the schools, no one.

How can they possibly learn a "work ethic" if they do not have a good role model?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 10:09pm

Why somebody wouldn't want to give these kids an opportunity to succeed is beyond me.

I think many posters have expressed their wish to see these kids and all kids succeed.

For me, I don't see Newt's idea that some kids should have to scrub toilets 20 hours a week as a desire to see those kids succeed.

Drug gangs work because they work hard at making kids feel wanted, needed, worthy, deserving and part of the group. Paying them a couple of bucks to clean toilets is nothing.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 10:11pm
How about the loyal employee, without union protection, that has done a fabulous job for years, worked their way up the benefit and payscale, and now can be replaced by an entry level employee at the bottom of the payscale with no benefits.

Treating employees as commodities rarely works long term. Empower and negotiate with your employees. It's win-win.
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 10:12pm

These kids need money,

Personally, I don't worship the Almighty Dollar the way conservatives do. Kids whose parents have limited resources need a lot of things. I would not put money at the top of the list.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-30-2002
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 11:07pm

and my ex husband came from a legacy trust family and had absolutely no work ethic at all. He was a drug addict, treated people like crap and has been arrested for several felony assaults and exposure incidents. So, so much for that whole meme.



iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2007
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 11:18pm

Amen!

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