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It's gotten to the point where all the Republican candidates are constantly saying such crazy things that some of their more egregious statements are kind of passing by without much notice.
And so it is with Newt Gingrich, who on Friday proposed a bold new plan to basically create whole new generations of child laborers:
"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," he said. "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."
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."
Hey, kill two birds with one stone: fire almost all of the union janitors, and get those damn kids off the couch! What's killing a few childhoods if it sticks it to the unions?