Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
OpEdNews Op Eds

Newt's Cruelest Campaign: Replace School Janitors With Child Labor

By       Message John Nichols       (Page 1 of 2 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   1 comment

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

Funny 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 11/24/11

Author 29155
Become a Fan
  (22 fans)
- Advertisement -

It has been suggested that the Republicans who would be president are determined to turn the clock back seventy-five years and "rescind the New Deal."

Now, Newt Gingrich has gone his rivals one better.

The former Speaker of the House, and sudden contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nod, is not about to stop with the New Deal. He wants to turn the clock back 100 years and rescind the progressive era.

- Advertisement -

This is no small threat. While the New Deal brought a measure of economic security to the American experiment, along with a bolder vision of what government could do to tame the wildest excesses of bankers and speculators, it was the Progressive Era that introduced measures of basic humanity and democratic aspiration to the project.

Gingrich goes to the heart of the matter with his new proposal to attack public-sector collective bargaining rights with a proposal to fire school janitors and replace them with child laborers.

Blaming "the core policies of protecting unionization and bureaucratization" for "crippling" children," Gingrich told a Harvard Kennedy School of Government seminar that "it is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in, first of all, in child laws, which are truly stupid."

- Advertisement -

"I tried for years to have a very simple model," the former Speaker of the House continued. "Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they'd have pride in the schools, they'd begin the process of rising."

Even in a party where cruelty is now considered a political virtue, there is something unsettling about a man who collected $30,000 each month to offer an hour of historical counsel to Freddie Mac administrators attacking elementary and secondary school janitors who, according to fresh Bureau of Labor Statistics data, earn a mean wage of $13.74 an hour, or $28,570 per year.

Click Here to Read Whole Article

- Advertisement -
 

Ad info: click here

Top Content
in the Last 2 Days
(by Page Views)

Beto Explains His Non-Corrupted Practices, Ethics & Solutions; Joe Kennedy III Campaigns for Him; Texas Voters Purged by Stephen Fox (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Israel Is Captive to Its 'Destructive Process' by Chris Hedges (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Truth About the Trump Economy by Robert B. Reich (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Beto O'Rourke vs.Ted Cruz, Second Debate ~ What this Race Symbolizes ~Trump Tweets "Beto is a Flake" by Stephen Fox (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

An American Authoritarianism Rising: Silence Will Not Protect You by Daily Kos (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Dangerous, Expensive Drugs Aggressively Pushed? You Have These Medical Conflicts of Interest to Thank. by Martha Rosenberg (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Facebook Meddles in the 2018 Midterm Elections by Thomas Knapp (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. The "War on Terror" is a Fraud by Mark Taliano (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Hurricanes Give Americans Taste of Disaster Washington's Wars Bring to Others by Paul Craig Roberts (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Quick Fix for Climate Change (The Art of Living in the Coming Age of Austerity) by Harold Novikoff (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Daily Inspiration — Freeing Science from Scientific Dogmatism by Josh Mitteldorf (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Few Democrats Offer Alternatives to War-Weary Voters by Jeff Cohen (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Reasons to Resuscitate and Keep America Alive by Marcello Rollando (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Wages Rising? by Frank Stricker (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Toxic Family Communication --You Can Change it! by DAVID KANEGIS (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Does Trump's NAFTA Correct the Damage Clinton Did to Workers? Posted by Lance Ciepiela (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Larry Summers Trips Out by James McEnteer (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Right Wing Whining Drama Queen Gaslighters by Rob Kall (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Under UN Pressure, Ecuador restores Internet to Assange Posted by Josh Mitteldorf (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The US-Led Genocide and Destruction of Yemen by David William Pear (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

An eerie quiet that's come about by Dave Lefcourt (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Why was Khashoggi assassinated? possible 9/11 connection Posted by Josh Mitteldorf (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Hijacking and Gentrification of Stories of the Oppressed; Sujatha Fernandes by Rob Kall (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Rethinking National Security by Tom Engelhardt (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, How Guantanamo Set the Stage for the Kavanaugh Hearings by Tom Engelhardt (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Go To Top 50 Most Popular

- Advertisement -
Classics of Liberal Thinking

Progressive Radio Links