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Gingrich: Fire janitors and hire kids

November 21, 2011

WASHINGTON — In an unprecedented move, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich offered up an unconventional solution to income inequality, according to The Politico.

At a Q&A session at Harvard University''s Kennedy School, Gingrich suggested that current child work laws serve to "entrap" children in poverty, the article stated.

According to the article, Gingrich''s solution is to fire school janitors and hire local students to provide upkeep for buildings.

"You say to somebody, you shouldn''t go to work before you''re what, 14, 16 years of age, fine. You''re totally poor. You''re in a school that is failing with a teacher that is failing. I''ve tried for years to have a very simple model," said Gingrich.

"Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they would have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising," Gingrich added.

Even the most rabidly anti-union conservative has to agree that we shouldn''t exploit child labor, even if those children are someone else''s, even if they''re the children of those fat-cat union janitors, right, noted the Mediaite.

The former House Speaker acknowledged that it was an unconventional pitch, saying, "You''re going to see from me extraordinarily radical proposals to fundamentally change the culture of poverty in America and give people a chance to rise very rapidly."

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