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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Republican Says Poor Kids Should Get Jobs!

I started this article out with a picture of what looks like about an 11 or 12-year old boy who is shown taking a picture break from his job in a textile factory in the United States back when there were no such things as child labor laws.

This kid and thousands upon thousands like him worked 11 and 12-hour shifts, maybe seven days a week when business was good.  They had extremely low wages (Cents per hour) and they had no health care coverage and they often were forced to work through their breaks and lunch periods.  Of course, they all brown bagged their lunches if they had any.

I have read where some factories back then actually locked their doors so that employees could not leave until their shifts were over.

Kids like the one in the picture above worked in hot, dirty and dangerous “Sweat Shop” conditions for supervisors who often treated them no differently than if they were adults. 

 It was hard. harsh, heart-breaking and terribly dangerous. There are endless horror stories about kids like this getting caught in machinery and mangled to death.  When something like this happened, there was rarely if ever a safety investigation and the blame for the death was placed squarely on the fact that the kid had most likely been “Careless.”

Now I have been reading the AFL/CIO News Blog and I see this article where Republican Candidate Newt Gingrich (The candidate who is leading the pack in popularity among Republicans right now according to news reports I have read) has made the statement that child labor laws are “Stupid.”

In the article I am reading, Mr. Gingrich is quoted as saying that schools should get rid of their unionized janitors and hire low-income kids to clean the schools.  He is also quoted as saying that age nine is a good time to get a job.

I am assuming, without actually knowing, that under Mr. Gingrich’s plan for the kids to go to work, the rich ones would be cracking books instead of cracking  their backs at hard labor.

During this speech that the Republican Candidate for President of The United States was giving to a gathering at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of government, he is also reported to have suggested that putting scrub brushes and floor sanders in the hands of kids and firing school maintenance workers would “Lift Up The Poorest Neighborhoods.”

Mr. Gingrich is further credited with statements suggesting very directly that child labor law entraps poor children into poverty.

O.K.

When I read crap like this, I begin to understand why I often refer to some of the ideas coming from  the Far Right Side of Politics as (Can’t say the words for fear of offending somebody, but you get the idea.).

In the gentlest terms that I can muster so as not to ruffle antibody’s feathers, let me say that I find concepts that would do away with child labor law as patently undesirable. (Is that tame enough for you?)

It is my unvarnished personal opinion that any act to abolish child labor laws and to bring back sweat shop conditions and to allow kids to work at hot, dirty and dangerous hard-labor jobs (Or regular jobs of any kind for that matter), would deny them their rightful education and do irreparable harm to their bodies, minds and spirits. ( Under- Statement of The Year!)

 (I am talking about 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., ‘Punch-The-Time-Clock’ type work here folks, not the typical Part Time Delivery Person thing that most people with a heart might envision.

I can understand it if many Republicans desire to institute slave labor in The United States.  I can understand it and I can see it in almost every proposal they make or every law they try to pass.  I can see it in every job they take away from American Workers and send overseas somewhere.

I have often contended and still maintain that it seems to be that many of the Republicans desire to have every American Worker working 12-hour shifts, seven days a week for $5  day— just like back then (Way back when) and just like some who even now slave away daily in foreign countries…for American task masters. 

I really belileve this kind of stuff is great for the bottom line of a lot of greed-mongering Big Business tycoons. I am sure they are eating these suggestions from this  Candidate up and are frothing at the mouth and chomping at the big to be legally able to advertise for their first crews of vulnerable, naive kids who need to help their families out a little and who could use the work.

I cannot wait to see the kind of subtle and potentially deceptive advertising campaign that would support that kind of recruitment effort.

I know what a lot of Republicans and Conservatives must be thinking if they happen to read this blog:  I am guessing they are wondering why I am so against the poor having the flimsy trailers and shantys for shelter from the elements or why I do not necessarily see a cardboard box under a bridge somewhere as an appropriate place to raise a family.

How wonderful for the idea of the Conservative Utopia if we can finally hire kids to do the hard stuff ! What a day of rejoicing that will be! (Kids will  probably be easily convinced to work for far less reward than adults after all because they are often more trusting and can be more easily manipulated and lied to.)

Yes, what a wonderful world it will be when the Far Right and their allies finally are able to get rid of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Welfare and open the floodgates of “Unlimited Employment Opportunities” to the children!

What a wonderful world it will be when there are no more income taxes, no free public education and none of the governmental departments that keep food and air and water safe for human consumption.  How great it will be when there are no more price controls and no more minimum wage laws!  Why employers can offer  “$1.00 a day and all you can eat” to workers they hire for cleaning out their stockyard pens.

If America cannot see the disadvantages in some of the things that some on the far Reicht Wing Extreme are trying to sell to our Citizens, then God help us all!

I definitely am against using child labor for any purpose.  The idea (To my way of thinking) is regressive and dangerous.  Never in a million years will I ever cast a vote that might be responsible for paying a part in bringing something like that about. But, that is just me! I am old and eccentric, after all!– and a “Godless Liberal” to boot.

This article has been Strictly my personal political opinion like everything I write.

A Little More Reading About It:

http://blog.aflcio.org/2011/11/21/gingrich-put-poor-kids-to-work-cleaning-schools/

John Liming - American Liberal Times

Author: John Liming - American Liberal Times

I am an American Man, 72-years-old, and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I have served honorably in both The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. I am a concerned citizen and refer to myself as "A Crazy Left Wing Liberal Nut Case with occasional Right Wing Conservative tendencies. I am particularly concerned and grieved about the way our beloved America seems to have become so politically divided over the past few years to the point where hardly anyone seems to be able to get along or to work together and where mutual vilification seems to be a spectator sport of some kind. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation. That, in my opinion, would be a total disaster and that is what I fear certain members of the element generally known as The "Christian" Conservative Right may have in mind.

2 comments to Republican Says Poor Kids Should Get Jobs!

  • You’re twisting the things Newt said, or you are purposely spinning them with bias, either way what you are saying shows very little comprehension of what he was trying to say.

    Newt proposed getting rid of unionized Janitorial jobs and allowing students to be paid to do the work.
    1) Newt never proposed slavery- to bring that into the conversation is sickening
    2) Newt Never said that specific children would be forced to do the work
    3) Newt isn’t proposing that children NOT be educated, he is saying that the education system is failing, and that more students would gain pride in their schools if they were paid to take care of them. (The point about lower income was made because lower income families like my own do not have money for children to have allowances, and also if you clean up your school, and get paid to do it, you are less likely to do things like vandalize the school)
    4) I have not found a single place that has a direct quote saying he wants 9 year old children to work.

    I understand being frustrated, but you make wild assumptions, then spread them around the world and you really just end up looking like someone who can’t think for themselves.

    And before you go off saying that I’m a republican, I’m not.
    and before you assume I’m conservative I’m not
    And before you claim that repealing all child labor laws is the goal, it’s not.

  • The one thing I really love about living in America is that there is tolerance for all kinds of opinions. I have expressed mine and you have expressed yours. I am on the winning side with this one. America will not tolerate such radical concepts as doing away with child labor law. Never! Get used to it!

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