Recently, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich commented that child labor laws are “truly stupid” … and that children in poor neighborhoods have “no habits of working” … nor getting paid for their endeavors “unless it’s illegal”. Gingrich said really poor children living in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and nobody around them who works.
Later Gingrich backed off … saying he meant people living in urban housing projects.
His comments support the stereotype that people are poor simply because they have no good work habits. But I know people who are wealthy who have no work habits at all. To say that our culture always rewards hard work with accumulated wealth is an idiotic concept.
Mr. Gingrich should have been more specific, but he still paints with too broad a brush … which looks a lot like “class warfare”.
Our thought for today is from Don Marquis:
“When a man tells you he got rich through hard work, ask him ‘whose?’”