Gingrich on Poor Children: Put Them to Work
by Brian Washington, photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore
Newt Gingrich—who currently rests atop the list of Republican presidential hopefuls in the polls—is creating a firestorm across the country with his jaw-dropping view of poor children—who he says have “no habits of working” and no one around them with a job.
“So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday,” said the former House speaker at a campaign event in Iowa. “They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal.”
According to recent reports, 1 out of every 5 children lives in poverty. The Census Bureau reports an increase in the number of children under the age of 18 living in poverty, which now has climbed to 16.4 million.
However, instead of acknowledging the devastating impact that the economy and unemployment are currently having on our communities, Gingrich—who says he is going to be the Republican nominee for President—essentially smears the parents of these children by indicating they are lazy, have no work ethic, and are teaching their children to be criminals.
To make matters worse, the Former Speaker of the House thinks that schools in low-income neighborhoods should fire all the custodians and janitors and—despite child labor laws—replace them with kids.
The statements made by Gingrich—who is currently on a three-day campaign swing through the Hawkeye State—conjure up images of the early 1900s when children were forced to work in sweatshops.
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel took to Twitter to blast Gingrich’s remarks—calling them “offensive to all Americans, especially poor children, and unbecoming of anyone seeking the White House.”
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