Tapati (tapati) wrote,

Newt Gingrich and the GOP's War on Poor Children

Gingrich defends plan of orphanages for welfare kids.

Newt Gingrich defends anti-child labor law stance

Santorum: We Don’t Need Food Stamps Because Obesity Rates Are So High

From Newt's greatest hits: take welfare children away from their mom or dad and put them in an orphanage. Oh excuse me, "boarding school." It'll be just like the heartwarming tale of "Boys Town" except the kids will be missing their living parents. Clearly Newt has never been to a poor single-parent family home because he describes America as allowing "a brutalization and a degradation of children in this country." So all poor homes are brutal and violent while middle class and above homes are havens of decency and care? Abuse cuts across all socioeconomic boundaries. Much of the hard-hearted attitude of the GOP seems to spring from utter ignorance about the lives of poor people. Just as Bill O'Reilly was surprised to find that Harlem restaurants are just like any "white" restaurant, Republicans might be surprised to find out how many similarities there are in poor households to those of other classes, lack of money aside. Not that they will ever bother to learn. But really this is also a racist code because even though white people on welfare outnumber black people on welfare, the picture in their minds is of the stereotypical black ghetto. To the GOP, poor equals black or maybe latino/a.

Now he just wants to put the poor kids to work at an early age and Rick Santorum wants to take away their food stamps. The GOP is just like the bully who takes away your lunch money--only now you have to work to earn it back. He suggests poor kids join a janitorial service but hey, why stop there? Our kids could compete with China's kids in factories. We'll be back on top economically in no time with child labor!
Tags: children, classism, politics, poverty, racism, republicans

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