Monday, December 05, 2011

I don't know if it is better, but luckier than good seems to work

Newt Gingrich may be demonstrably smarter than Rick Perry, but who isn't? Nonetheless he compliments what he has with a nasty combination of saying stupid things and stubbornness that is a wonder to behold.
Doubling down on a plan that stirred controversy about his views on child labor, leading Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich said Thursday that poor kids who have no habit of earning money "unless it's illegal" should be put to work in their schools.
I realize that many Right-wingers get mileage attacking the progressive laws of the first half of the 20th century, but child-labor laws have not lost favor. I suppose it operates as a measure to the base "punishing those shiftless young black kids" as they perceive them, but really pushing child labor?

What could be worse for an economy already struggling to create jobs than to have more of them sapped up by minors, let alone the moral question of it?

But this is Newt and as his many wives are his witness, he will not abandon such a swell sounding social policy -- especially a dickish one. And the Obama Administration could not be happier.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]


StonyPillow said...

Have a tough time believing Obviously 0bama could be this lucky, or that the other side could be such blithering idiots.

But there must be a certain charm to a politician so malleable and ductile that he can endure any shame or scandal without cracking.

pansypoo said...

compassion isn't a publikkklan thang.