Saturday, December 3, 2011

Newt Gingrich says "Poor people need jobs"

No, Newt Gingrich did not say something that smart. What he really said was something much more stupid, racist and degrading, but judge for yourself.

The story is here. Here.
and here.

Newt really said the wrong thing. He repeated the same old garbage about poor people not wanting to work. It just reinforces the same old sterotype that his audience loves. What his audience really hears hears: "Those people are lazy and don't WANT to work so I have no responsibility to help them. There plight is 100% their own fault, not mine, so don't use any of MY taxes to help them."

Hidden in all of this is a very good point about human development in the 21st century. In today's society, a job is an important experience required for full human development. Work is part of raising a fully developed child. The experience is need to develop happy, productive citizens.


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