" Child labor laws are just stupid, saying to people you shouldn't go to work before you're 14, 15, 16. You're totally poor, you're in a school that's failing with a teacher that's failing. I tried for years to have a very simple model. These schools should get rid of unionized janitors, have one master janitor, pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work. They'd have cash; they'd have pride in the schools. They'd begin the process of rising ."
This is an example of Newt's brilliant mind, thinking out of the envelope.
And here's the Democratic response, in part, in an open letter to voters :
" Dear Newt,
Our country outlawed child labor. Almost a hundred years later, in the middle of the worst unemployment crisis in decades, you want to bring it back ? Seriously ?
Doing janitorial work in schools entails cleaning toilets, handling hazardous chemicals and scrubbing floors. Hunched over a mop for hours . It's hard to imagine a nine year old doing any of these tasks. Come On.
The U.S outlawed child labor because it denied children the chance at a real education and allowed employers to exploit children.....and because children were often injured and killed on the job.
And the people you want to fire and replace with kids ? A lot of them are parents. That job puts a roof over kids heads, food on the table and provides them with healthcare and the chance to get an education. That job is the only thing between a kid and poverty.
Firing someone's Mom and hiring the kid for less money ......isn't the process of rising.
Newt's idea may sound attractive to many who are nostalgic for a hundred year old past unencumbered with an overwhelming government presence in our lives when Republicans were Republicans and RINO's hadn't been invented yet. But which side of this issue would you like our 2012 candidate to be on ? How about explaining the benefits of child labor in a debate with Barack Obama ?
Newt is on that cusp between genius and lunacy.
This is an example of lunacy
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