Newt Gingrich: Child labor laws are stupid

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Newt Gingrich: "Child labor laws are stupid"

“It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in, first of all, in child laws, which are truly stupid,” he said.

”I tried for years to have a very simple model,” he 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.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-gingrich-child-labor-20111121,0,6466282.story

Please tell me this is a parody or I'm misunderstanding him or SOMETHING. Cause the way I read it, he wants to repeal CHILD LABOR LAWS.
 

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Hmm, upon reading that article I'm not too sure how literally I'd like to take it. Getting rid of child labor laws is a pretty stupid idea, and having children as janitors is also stupid, but I'm not sure his concept is as flawed as how he chose to exemplify it.
 
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"Get any job that teaches you to show up on Monday"

Show up to school or show up to work?
 
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:biggrin:IMO - Newt is going to be a great Vice President - (Romney-Gingrich 2012).

Hopefully they stage a 4 man debate:

Obama/Biden vs Romney/Gingrich

...a real cage match...last man standing type of event.
 
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:biggrin:IMO - Newt is going to be a great Vice President - (Romney-Gingrich 2012).

Hopefully they stage a 4 man debate:

Obama/Biden vs Romney/Gingrich

...a real cage match...last man standing type of event.
You support the repeal of child labor laws then?
 
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You support the repeal of child labor laws then?
i was able to work at 16. we had laws. what EXACTLY are you asking? Newt says in your quote he wants a simple model. one assumes he doesn't like the law as is and wants to change it.
 
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Actually child labor laws as written (the ones Newt calls stupid) allow children as young as 14 to work under special circumstances. Given that, I'm forced to believe that he wants children younger than 14 to work. Say, 12, or maybe 8.

And... ya know, those child labor laws were written in for a reason. They're created because children aren't supposed to be working at 12, or 8. And I can't support a candidate who believes those laws should be gotten rid of... apparently so we can get rid of janitorial unions.

As an aside, every single reform since 1900, I've seen challenged by Republicans now. Child labor laws? Newt's against them. Income tax? Against it! Social security? Against it! Medicare? Against it! Progressive tax laws? Against them! Glass-Steagall? Against it! Roe v. Wade? Against it!
 
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I would have loved to work as a Janitor. This should also be done in colleges
 
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You support the repeal of child labor laws then?
Newt was making a point that unions have priced themselves out of the market at the expense of people willing to do the same job for less money. He's not suggesting we return to the age of sweatshops and Cannery Row.

Full disclosure, I've owned a number of small businesses - including restaurants. IMO - small/micro businesses (less than $500,000 revenues) should be allowed to hire younger teenagers at a sub-minimum wage - perhaps $5.00/hour. A school work permit is still important, along with parental consent, and the work shift hours and total hours should be restricted - maybe 20 hours per week. Small businesses have a need for young workers, the business model provides good experience, occupied time might keep the same kids out of trouble, and the kids put money in their pockets.
 
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Actually child labor laws as written (the ones Newt calls stupid) allow children as young as 14 to work under special circumstances. Given that, I'm forced to believe that he wants children younger than 14 to work. Say, 12, or maybe 8.

And... ya know, those child labor laws were written in for a reason. They're created because children aren't supposed to be working at 12, or 8. And I can't support a candidate who believes those laws should be gotten rid of... apparently so we can get rid of janitorial unions.

As an aside, every single reform since 1900, I've seen challenged by Republicans now. Child labor laws? Newt's against them. Income tax? Against it! Social security? Against it! Medicare? Against it! Progressive tax laws? Against them! Glass-Steagall? Against it! Roe v. Wade? Against it!
it all sounds very dire! i think child labor laws were passed to keep kids out of factories all day. but what if they spend 15 minutes picking up trash at the school? or even an hour? is that what child labor laws are written to prevent? why would that be a bad thing?
 
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it all sounds very dire! i think child labor laws were passed to keep kids out of factories all day. but what if they spend 15 minutes picking up trash at the school? or even an hour? is that what child labor laws are written to prevent? why would that be a bad thing?
Depends if the law was writen that way, no?
 
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Depends if the law was writen that way, no?
does anyone really think newt is suggesting full time child janitors?
 
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I think there has to be restrictions on when/how many hours/what type of jobs kids can have, but the current restrictions are too strict.

Labor laws for 14 & 15 year olds are mildly too restrictive. 7 PM is too early a limit - 10 PM would be a better limit if the number of nights one could work until 10 were limited. 18 hours is slightly too restrictive, but not enough to raise a ruckus (I don't think an upper limit of 25 hours would unreasonable, either).

Children under 14 should be allowed to work and 7 PM would be a reasonable limit for 12 year olds. I think I'd set the total hours a little less than 18 hours, though.

Working an hour or two after school performing some of the janitorial services would be perfectly acceptable.
 
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Working an hour or two after school performing some of the janitorial services would be perfectly acceptable.
You might think so, but in reality I doubt if either the parents or the school board would think so after they heard from their respective insurance companies. Accidents will happen, and the costs of the consequential insurance claims and the attendant lawsuits would be staggering.
 
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Accidents will happen, and the costs of the consequential insurance claims and the attendant lawsuits would be staggering.
The most effective solution to that would be to get rid of say 90% of the USA's insurance brokers and lawyers, as well as the janitors. Learning to take some personal resposibility for yourself, and other people, never did anybody any harm IMO.
 
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The most effective solution to that would be to get rid of say 90% of the USA's insurance brokers and lawyers, as well as the janitors. Learning to take some personal resposibility for yourself, and other people, never did anybody any harm IMO.
How often does an insurance company cover the losses of their client - when a third party is responsible for damages and either won't pay or doesn't have an ability to pay? Insurance is the transference of risk - nothing more.
 
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It's all moot, since there aren't enough jobs for young people who can legally work.
The number of unemployed youth* in July 2011 was 4.1 million, down from 4.4 million a year ago. The youth unemployment rate declined by 1.0 percentage point over the year to 18.1 percent in July 2011, after hitting a record high for July in 2010.
http://bls.gov/news.release/youth.nr0.htm

*Youth = 16- to 24-year-olds

I think the Dems are salivating at the prospects of Newt on the ticket :biggrin:.
 
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I don't see that he's trying to repeal child labor laws. He's saying the way they're written today is pretty stupid, and I agree with him.

On a related front, the U.S. Dept of Labor is seeking to radically change child labor laws regarding farms. Essentially, kids would no longer be allowed to work on any farm except their own. I think that's pretty stupid, too.
 
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It's all moot, since there aren't enough jobs for young people who can legally work.


http://bls.gov/news.release/youth.nr0.htm

*Youth = 16- to 24-year-olds

I think the Dems are salivating at the prospects of Newt on the ticket :biggrin:.
Actually, there are jobs available for young people that have been priced out of the market. If a small shop needs someone to sweep, mop, take the trash out, wash windows, and maybe stock a bit - time 2 hours per day At $5.00 per hour there is a job available. At minimum wage at $7.25 to $7.40 per hour (try to find an adult to work for 2 hours) the owner will do the work themselves.

Ask any small business owner in America if the minimum wage has affected their hiring and scheduling decisions.
 
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I think the Dems are salivating at the prospects of Newt on the ticket :biggrin:.
I think the Dems are salivating in general. By all rights this upcoming Presidential election should belong to the Republicans. So what do they do to ensure that the election is theirs? Apparently, the Republican strategy is to field one of the weakest and least palatable set of candidates ever.
 
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I think the Dems are salivating in general. By all rights this upcoming Presidential election should belong to the Republicans. So what do they do to ensure that the election is theirs? Apparently, the Republican strategy is to field one of the weakest and least palatable set of candidates ever.
The Republicans keep making the same mistake - this thread is the latest example (IMO) - rule of thumb -when your opponent is down - keep them down.

The trend started after the 2010 elections when the Dems were on the ropes. Instead of holding the Dems accountable for their failed policies and spending - out of the blue - Paul Ryan introduced a plan that rallied the Democrat base and opened the door to a Medicare debate - resulting in commercials with him pushing granny off a cliff.

Lately, the Republicans have all bought into the need for a "jobs bill" - when they should be busy on tax reform and reduced regulations. My favorite is the "Bush Tax Cuts" - Obama demonized them for months - then took ownership and called them his own - now they're demonized again and re-labeled as the "Bush Tax Cuts" (and the Republicans and the media never call the Dems on the point).

Another point they've snookered each other and the public on is the "payroll tax cut". Is there anyone in the US that actually believes reducing contributions to Social Security is either a long term solution to the program's solvency or a "jobs" creator?

IMO - all the Repubs need to do is focus on the failures of Obama to win. If they introduce new ideas that Obama can run against (Demonize) - they will lose.

As long as Romney doesn't buy into any of these traps and nobody attempts a third party run (Palin/Trump/Paul/Bachmann/Cain) - he should win.

Obama is back on the ropes again - even CNN has been talking about a lack of leadership with respect to the failure of the "Super Committee" - we'll see which knucklehead Repub let's him slip away this time.
 
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I agree completely. The idea of running on your own program is outdated. The way to run these days is to criticize your opponent while saying as little as possible about what you believe in.
 
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Obama is back on the ropes again - even CNN has been talking about a lack of leadership with respect to the failure of the "Super Committee" - we'll see which knucklehead Repub let's him slip away this time.
Since when has "kicking something into the long grass till after the next election" been a bad political strategy?

Bad ecomonics, probably yes. Bad for the USA, probably yes. But not bad for the politicians.
 
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The Republicans keep making the same mistake - this thread is the latest example (IMO) - rule of thumb -when your opponent is down - keep them down.

The trend started after the 2010 elections when the Dems were on the ropes. Instead of holding the Dems accountable for their failed policies and spending - out of the blue - Paul Ryan introduced a plan that rallied the Democrat base and opened the door to a Medicare debate - resulting in commercials with him pushing granny off a cliff.

Lately, the Republicans have all bought into the need for a "jobs bill" - when they should be busy on tax reform and reduced regulations. My favorite is the "Bush Tax Cuts" - Obama demonized them for months - then took ownership and called them his own - now they're demonized again and re-labeled as the "Bush Tax Cuts" (and the Republicans and the media never call the Dems on the point).

Another point they've snookered each other and the public on is the "payroll tax cut". Is there anyone in the US that actually believes reducing contributions to Social Security is either a long term solution to the program's solvency or a "jobs" creator?

IMO - all the Repubs need to do is focus on the failures of Obama to win. If they introduce new ideas that Obama can run against (Demonize) - they will lose.

As long as Romney doesn't buy into any of these traps and nobody attempts a third party run (Palin/Trump/Paul/Bachmann/Cain) - he should win.

Obama is back on the ropes again - even CNN has been talking about a lack of leadership with respect to the failure of the "Super Committee" - we'll see which knucklehead Repub let's him slip away this time.
So, let me nievely paraphrase (I know better, but this is still an ironic way of looking at things): the Republicans have tried to comprimise, talk on the Democrat's terms, not play mud-slinging politics - but are still the bad guys in many eyes? I swear sometimes the leftist political machine has perfected the mind-control ray and is using it on the public. However, to play demon's advocate to the weak Presidential Candidate arguement - I wonder if it is strategy to not place the blame on President Obama until the main campaign next summer/fall? Too many people get 'tired of mudslinging', so I wonder if this is a move to be fresh in people's mind come ballott time. President Obama hasn't missed a beat blaming the Republicans for anything he can while the current candidates are vague in blaming him for many issues.

More specifically on topic though - specifically about the available jobs, wouldn't relaxed laws regarding under-16s working limited hours actually create situations for them to work? Further on the youth unemployement rate, I don't think that a 9th grader (15 yo) is going to be competing with a College Junior (20 yo) for a job, if the policies were bent properly.

I may regret making this comment as it may be taken to the extreme, but on the surface extending middle/high school an hour and adding a 'work period' may not be a horrible thing (so as not to take away from current curriculum). Have the kids do some of the daily, safe, repetitious cleaning around the school that they're using - might impose some addition pride in the public property. Too bad this would probably never fly, and it would, of course, need to not compete with an already squeezed schedule.
 
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I don't see that he's trying to repeal child labor laws. He's saying the way they're written today is pretty stupid, and I agree with him.

On a related front, the U.S. Dept of Labor is seeking to radically change child labor laws regarding farms. Essentially, kids would no longer be allowed to work on any farm except their own. I think that's pretty stupid, too.
Do you have a link for that? I think it is related to the fact that there is no limit on the hours a 12 year old may work in agriculture.

http://www.ncccusa.org/publicwitness/mtolive/conditions.html [Broken]

http://myportfolio.usc.edu/angelahc/2011/10/the_vicious_cycle_of_child_farm_workers.html [Broken]
 
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