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08 December 2011 @ 02:18 am
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!
litlebananalitlebanana on December 8th, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
Wow. Santorum's statement is like something a naive child would say. I think the other use of his name is well earned:

Tapatitapati on December 8th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)

LMAO. I also heard him referred to as Sick Rantorum.
W. Lotus: Headachewlotus on December 8th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
The fact that they feel comfortable even making these kinds of statements in public deeply disturbs me. Where the hell did they come from, and why are people allowing them any kind of air time?????
Tapatitapati on December 8th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Yes they have a complete lack of awareness that there might be something wrong with what they're saying. But it is wrong on so many different levels--logic, ethics, compassion, common sense...
Phatchickladybrigid on December 10th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
I need to go back to CNN and look for it but a couple of days ago I read an Op-ed piece condemning Newt, not for being incompetent (because he IS highly intelligent) but because he's simply too mean to be president. According to the writer (who I agree with 110%!), Newt's shown himself to lack even the most basic empathy or compassion for anyone. Sweet Jesus help us if he gets into the White House. Bush was bad enough, this clown's smart enough to actually be dangerous.