Gingrich proposes replacing janitors with children, gets mic checked by Occupy Boston

By Andrew Jones
Sunday, November 20, 2011 16:24 EDT
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Newt Gingrich at the CNBC Republican Debate. Image via AFP.
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich proposed Friday evening that public school janitors be replaced by children in order to help solve the income gap in America.

Gingrich, as usual, took many shots at the left during his speech at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

“This is something that no liberal wants to deal with,” Gingrich said, according to Politico. “Core policies of protecting unionization and bureaucratization against children in the poorest neighborhoods, crippling them by putting them in schools that fail has done more to create income inequality in the United States than any other single policy. It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in, first of all, child laws, which are truly stupid.”

The new Republican presidential frontrunner then turned his attention to his bizarre proposal.

“You say to somebody, you shouldn’t go to work before you’re what, 14, 16 years of age, fine. You’re totally poor,” he said. “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.”

At the beginning of his speech, Gingrich was mic’checked by a few Occupy Boston protesters.

“We love you Newt, thank you for standing up for corporations,” they said. “Thank you for understanding that simple point. We are, the 99 percent.”

WATCH: Video from Youtube, which was published on November 19, 2011.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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