Remember when, not too long ago, Michele Bachmann said, “If we took away the minimum wage—if conceivably it was gone—we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely“? Well, not one to be outdone, Newt Gingrich came out today, declaring that America’s child labor laws are, “truly stupid.” You know… those meddlesome laws that keep people younger than 14 out of our factories, where they could be realizing all of their dreams. Gingrich, in a speech at Harvard today, said that children in our poorest neighborhoods are “trapped in child laws” that keep them from earning the money they could use to change their situations, and make better lives for themselves. (Education might also be a route to that better life, but, if kids take that path, we wouldn’t get the “win-win” that comes with cheap labor.) Poor, inner-city children, in the opinion of Gingrich, it would seem, deserve the right to be in control of their own destinies (except when they’re pregnant, at which point the government should step in). And, how better to do that than working a few ten hour shifts a week in front of a deep frier at the age of 12?… At this rate, can an impassioned plea from Rick Perry concerning the reinstitution of slavery be far behind? After all, as we all know, blacks were better off back then.
Rolling back the minimum wage and child labor laws in order to help the poor
By Mark | November 22, 2011