Who has most effective ideas on exploiting child labor-Newt Gingrich, Nike, or Kathy Lee-Gifford?
Former House speaker Gingrich last month described some child labor laws as “stupid” and argued that low-income children would learn critical values by working at a younger age. He then outlined his proposal to replace “unionized janitors” with a “master janitor” and several students.
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Talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford held a weepy press conference after it was revealed that her Kathie Lee clothing line, sold by Wal-Mart, was made by sweatshop workers in Honduras. That was just the beginning; soon it was revealed that some of the clothes were also made in a New York City sweatshop, just blocks from the studio where she appears daily. And although the workers there were earning less than minimum wage, they hadn't been paid in weeks.
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More than ever before, sweatshops are booming. Over half the garment companies investigated by the Labor Department are found to be breaking laws -- and that's not even counting the manufacturers that have their work performed outside the U.S., where some governments condone (and even encourage) sweatshop conditions.
The Department of Labor estimates that there are over 10,000 sweatshops in this country. Where are America's sweatshops? The government's most recent list of violators show Southern California in the lead. It was also near L.A. where last year police found the worst situation in memory. In a guarded apartment compound surrounded by high walls and barbed wire, Thai women were working 17-hour shifts for less than $2 per day. That clothing was sold at department stores like Macy's, Mervyn's, and Montgomery Ward.
Seems if they can’t steal it from taxpayers they’ll ‘wring’ it out of the workers!
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
Newt is proposing more sweeping exploitation than any individual private entity could promote.
- wtincLv 79 years ago
Pointing out that those sweat shop are not here in america, as a mater of fact the labor department want to stop family farms from being family at this point in time. I can tell you must be young in age under 30 and part of the children who never had a job growing up maybe you were lucky enough to have everything you wanted. there is nothing wrong with a child leaning that he can earn money and be responsible for that money is a very good lesson. Newt is right i worked when i was a child i understand or leaned how to handle money through that experience. It is a good lesson that all children need to lean poor and rich.
- Jim RLv 59 years ago
What a Tool you are. Time to wake up and realize that the main reason we are having everything made overseas is the insane anti-business government we have here in America. With High Tax rates, an over-compensated workforce, and crushing regulations, Manufacturing goes to where they can be competitive. So you really want to blame someone for child labor in foreign countries, Look in a Mirror.
- scarpelliLv 44 years ago
For the affection of Murphy's regulation, human beings, take a relax pill. Y'all get riled up over each and every little undertaking anymore. conversing as a pagan - who cares what some daylight hours T.V. bimbo says? There are extra substantial issues to tension approximately, like a thank you to stay to tell the tale flood season in Iowa.
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- 9 years ago
Gingrich's point on child labor is that it would be a good idea to instill a healthy work ethic in our kids. Nothing wrong with that, because when the opposite is done, our kids grow up to be entitlement junkies like the OWSers.
- 9 years ago
These kinds of idiotic statements are why many in the GOP, including hardcore conservatives, despise Newt.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Yeah......we should just pay kids money for every book they read like NYC liberals do.
- Anonymous9 years ago
I used to deliver newspapers as a kid, and I am better off for it.