Newt Gingrich Slams Poor Children – Again

Last week Newt Gingrich floated a ludicrous plan to fire union janitors at schools (putting them on the unemployment rolls and devastating their families) and replacing them with school children. The brilliance of this plan is that, while impoverishing the families of the once gainfully employed janitors, it would simultaneously burden kids with responsibilities that would distract them from their studies. And of course the children of folks in Gingrich’s class would have no such impediments to their education.

Not content with declaring child labor laws “truly stupid,” this week Gingrich compounded his absurdity and insensitivity by insulting the children that he hopes to put to work scrubbing toilets.

“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.

“They have no habit of staying all day, they have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ unless it is illegal,” he added.

This is the current front-runner for the Republican nomination for president saying that the children of the working poor have only lazy or criminal influences in their lives. Their parents are either bums or crooks.

Obviously Gingrich has never set foot in a poor neighborhood. Had he done so he would have met people who not only show up for work, they do it at multiple jobs. Gingrich has no concept of what it means to struggle to provide for his family. He makes $60,000 to give a half hour speech, yet he maligns poor people as having “no habit of staying all day.” And he spent decades in Congress where they almost never show up on Monday (or Friday either) and take several weeks off every year.

To insinuate that poor families who earn money do so only through illegal activities is not only wrong, it belies a measure of hypocrisy that is monumental. Remember, it was Gingrich who was cast out of Congress in disgrace after having been reprimanded for misusing tax-exempt funds and being fined $300,000. Someone as ethically challenged as Gingrich has no business maligning the integrity of others. Particularly those about whom he has absolutely no knowledge.


5 thoughts on “Newt Gingrich Slams Poor Children – Again

  1. Who is instigating class warfare? I think Newt answered that question for us. He wants to make poor kids work(for minimum wage I assume)cleaning up the schools and at the same time bust the union labor that does it now. Another right-wing conservative mind at work!

  2. Also, notice that only poor children should be doing this? Is that one of his points or is that just implied? I wonder what modern marketing tactics and technology designed to suck away all your attention do to kids in modern America. Probably not as much as being poor, right Newt?

    There he goes again, thinking poor people actually prefer being poor and lazy to leading a normal, comfortable American life. They talk as if an unemployed wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to work in a well paying factory position, IF THE FREE MARKET DIDN’T SHIP THEM ALL OVERSEAS. They berate the poor as if they aren’t even Americans. Take a bath and go get a job??? You think it’s that easy??? Take note that they think WE should settle for two or three super shitty minimum wage jobs at 65 hours a week JUST TO SURVIVE, AND FUCKING BE GRATEFUL FOR IT. This guy played a huge role in enabling the destruction of the middle class, the manufacturing sector, and the empowerment of extraordinary greed which altered our country (oops, I mean the WHOLE PLANET)forever. Even if he does get the nomination, he’ll get torn to shreds in the race because of his past role in the followup to the worst decade America has seen since the motherfucking 1930’s. GODDAMMIT!!!!

    RANT COMPLETE–Sorry, saw Newt saying something stupid again and just had to vent…..again. That dude makes me red out all the time. More so lately.

    • Feel better? I know you had to get that out. I’ve been there.

  3. Seriously, I thought he destroyed himself like 3 or 4 months ago, wasn’t that shit recorded???? All of a sudden, they like him over everybody???…..I’m both incredibly confused and elated.

    • This just shows you how desperately they hate Romney.

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