Newt, Child Labor, And A Permanent Underclass
The Internet is buzzing with criticism of Newt Gingrich’s statement supporting child labor.
Core policies of protecting unionization and bureaucratization against children in the poorest neighborhoods, crippling them by putting them in schools that fail has done more to create income inequality in the United States than any other single policy. It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in, first of all, child laws, which are truly stupid.
Much of the criticism has justifiably focused on the physical dangers to children of working in McDonalds or worse. But Newt says he is about big ideas and the big idea part is where he gets really dangerous.
Remember all that stuff about don’t get a hamburger flipping job? The worst possible advice you could give to poor children. Get any job that teaches you to show up on Monday. Get any job that teaches you to stay all day even if you are in a fight with your girlfriend. The whole process of making work worthwhile is central.
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