Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The 1% Solution: Cut Taxes on the Rich, Put Poor Children to Work

"Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called child labor laws "stupid" Friday in an appearance at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

He also said Saturday Occupy Wall Street protesters should "take a bath" and "get a job."

Newt Gingrich, once again hypnotized by the sound of his own voice, pontificated recently that poor people don't have good work ethics and that we should change the child labor laws so their children can learn how to work.

Aside from the surreal nature of a 21st century politician thinking it's a good idea to roll back child labor laws, Gingrich's view of the poor as layabouts is terribly insulting and wrong, as anyone who deals with the working poor can attest.

Christianity teaches that how a person treats the least among us is a true measure of that person.

The Bible famously tells us that a camel will pass through the eye of a needle before a rich man gets into heaven.

Can anyone explain to me how politicians like Gingrich who never tire of telling us that the are Christians and that this is a Christian nation, bow to the wealthy and mock those at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder?

You can be a Christian, or you can ridicule the poor. You can't do both.

Read more:     Gingrich Says the Child Labor Laws are Stupid     Luke Johnson
Read more:     Gingrich Has it Wrong      LZ Granderson  
Read more:     Gingrich's History with Child Labor Laws     Think Progress