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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Republican Audience Cheers Gingrich’s Child Labor Speech

What’s the difference between a Republican gathering and a tractor pull?  No, this isn’t a riddle.  I mean, is there any difference?  I once heard a standup comedian describe a tractor pull as “ten thousand people, six teeth.”

And this is what the Republican Party has turned into.  First we have a room full of Republicans shouting “YEAH!!!” when a debate moderator asked Ron Paul — and it was just a rhetorical question — if he thought an uninsured patient in an emergency room should be just left to die.  Not long afterward, a GOP audience sees a video of a Marine asking if the reinstatement of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell would mean he has to go back into the closet.  The audience full of yellow magnet chickenhawks booed and jeered wildly.

And last night Newt Gingrich was — for the umpteenth time — expounding on the joys of child labor.  Needless to say, the inbred audience broke into furious applause.  Gingrich said:

“If you take one half of the New York janitors, who are paid more than the teachers. An entry-level janitor gets paid twice as much as an entry-level teacher. You take half those janitors, you could give lots of poor kids a work experience in the cafeteria, in the school library, in the front office, in a lot of different things. I’ll stand by the idea young people ought to learn how to work.”

[cue the whooping and hollering]

Have we hit rock bottom yet, or is there still room to sink even further?  America has turned into a country that yells “Jump!” when a suicidal person is standing on a ledge.



Blogger J. Marquis said...

I find it odd that Gingrich is so obsessed with this subject. But then again, I find everything he does pretty odd.

December 11, 2011 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

J: Maybe Gingrich has a thing for little boys, and the image of a small boy with a phallic mop handle sends Gingrich into ecstasy.

December 11, 2011 at 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Nothing like us going back to the 1830s and having people drop out of school in the first grade to earn a living. Why won't you libruls think of the work experience these kids will get. Well that and the burns from mixing chemicals, since they won't be able to read if they drop out. Yeah, nothing can go wrong with this plan now can it? I do hope he doesn't implode, like the rest of the not Romney's have, and we get PO to go up against him as the nominee. It will be time to invest in popcorn and Lazy Boy chairs methinks.

December 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 guesses where he got it from:

Ronald Reagan made a speech at the Republican Convention in Detriot about walking along the inner city and meeting some black kids on a street corner...

(don't laugh keep reading)

He asked those kids how was it going and they said they were depressed about not being able to get a job...

(please stop laughing long enough to keep reading)

He asked them why...

(I'm warning you)

...And they "said" because employers can't afford to hire them because of the minimum wage

(Let me finish)

...But there if was a separate LOWER minimum wage for kids then we could have jobs..

(Getting Sad Eh?)

Well Ronald Reagan to the rescue he proposed a training wage so employers could afford to hire youth. There is now a training wage that employers can now use (don't have to be young to do it) and Department of Labor statistics report that many of the fast food places have large turnovers because after (a year), employers have to pay the full minimum wage and enable their employees to live the life of luxury.

Of course like many of these other Reagan Stories (Like the welfare queen with 14 kids and a Cadillac) no one could confirm it. Didn't have to, the damage was done.


December 11, 2011 at 9:44 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

"If you take one half of the New York janitors, who are paid more than the teachers..."

A carefully researched statement (pulled out out of Gingrich's butt), I'm sure, and thoroughly documented on used toilet paper. Not that the moderator called him on it, I'm sure.

December 12, 2011 at 12:08 AM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

Gingrich, and all the hypocrites who support him, are fuckin' retarded. I'm sorry I don't have anything more substantive to post than that - I'm just tired of amoeba-brained morons not giving a fuck about the things that matter (foundering economy, wars that should be over, etc).

I'll say one thing for Gingrich - He knows his audience. Who else would disregard all the red flags but the robotic simpletons that are the followers of the new Republican party?

December 12, 2011 at 2:21 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I find it amazing the left's take on what he said. He was merely saying that poor children don't have the same role models or opportunity for work ethics. There is nothing wrong with having a job at 14 or 15. You know you can get working papers at age 14.
I guess that's what he means by having less opportunity like some of us had. I mean my brother had the opportunity of a paper route at 14,a lawn mowing gig at 15 and 16 plus all my white High School friends were either flipping burgers at one of those fast food joints or babysitting someone's' kids or sweeping floors or washing dishes.
I guess those are the jobs Americans won't do anymore,even if they are 15.

December 12, 2011 at 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Speaking of Carlos' robotic simpletons that follow the republicans, here comes Lisa to tell us why this is a REALLY good thing fir dem lazee childrenz wit no wurk ethiczes.

December 12, 2011 at 10:00 AM  
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December 12, 2011 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: Damn right, the 1830s is when men were men and we walked ten miles to and from school, uphill both ways. I too hope Gingrich gets the nomination; and so does Obama.

Erik: Reagan was right. That commie minimum wage has caused millions of hardworking Real Americans to lose their jobs. Millions of responsible family men would jump at the chance to work in a slaughterhouse or flip burgers for $3 an hour, but those damn bureaucrats won't let them.

SW: Gingrich is an expert at these carefully researched and orchestrated statements that are based on absolutely nothing.

Carlos: Let's hear it for the amoeba-brained morons. Where would the Republican Party be without them :)

Lisa: Gingrich didn't mention any age group in this speech, but in other speeches he's said children as young as five should be "allowed" to work. Google it.

Jess: Yup, right on cue.

December 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

5 years old Tom?. I hardly doubt that.
Unless you heard tha with your own ears I can't see how you can buy into that.

December 12, 2011 at 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

I find it amazing the left's take on what he said. He was merely saying that poor children don't have the same role models or opportunity for work ethics.

You stupid pig. I was a poor child, and I assure you, we had HARD workers all around us. Unlike so many of our upper-income louts, who have had their asses wiped from birth and a free ride all the way through graduate school.

You are an almost insufferable piece of white trash, and I'd love for you and I to get dropped in the middle of a forest. We'd find out right frigging quick which one of us knows how to work to live. Hell, I might even do you the courtesy of burying you after you starve to death. Or, maybe I'd leave you out, because at least that way you'd finally do some good in your life as sustenance for some wild animals. Dog knows you've been worthless otherwise.

December 13, 2011 at 1:06 AM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

"They have no habit of 'I do this and you give me cash, unless it's illegal." - Newt Gingrich

His presumption that poor kids only earn money by illegal means is laughable. Fucking moron.

December 13, 2011 at 2:54 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh JR so you were poor,who wasn't? so now you have cred? Give me a frigging break.
my parents worked 3 jobs between them and we still ad to buy our own school clothes . I took care of the house and the cooking when I was 14 so my parents could work.
And we all paid for our own college. Unlike Mr Middle Class in the White House,when he's not playing golf,vacationing,campaigning or throwing fund raisers for his uber rich supporters,who acts like he "understands" our plight.
Got Koolaid?

December 13, 2011 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lisa - Idiot You bad-mouth a president because of his background, while supporting Right-Wing uber-rich politicians who shower in the semen of special interests for cash, favors and legislation. You are truly a piece of work.

December 14, 2011 at 3:05 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

You bad-mouth a president because of his background, while supporting Left-Wing uber-rich Hedge Fund managers who shower in the semen of George Soros for cash, favors and legislation. You are truly a piece of work.

Hey Anon that is not a background that is present tense.
I am sure you never bad mouthed a president either. Especially those who just can't pass up a good lay or a good grope or make shady land deals.
Oh yeah Tony Rezko, Susan McDougall and the rest of the squeaky clean members of your party would be soooo proud of your convictions.

December 14, 2011 at 7:45 AM  

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