New Campaign: Impeach Newt Gingrich
Impeach Newt: In our last post we announced that we were dropping our impeachment campaign against Herman Cain because he seems to have impeached himself. We also noted that though we often disagree with Newt Gingrich (currently a GOP favorite) we had no evidence of impeachable offensives.
Well, all of that has changed. And we are starting early since impeachment proceedings can take forever. Why impeachment?
Newt wants to bring back child labor. That’s right. He wants to fire those high-paid, pension-snagging janitors in schools and replace them with kids. As John McEnroe would say to the referee, “YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS!!!!!“ We are. Here is what he told an audience Harvard University’s School of Government last Friday: “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.”
According to former (shut-down-the-federal government-Gingrich) his recommendation if put into practice would raise the level of poor students and poor neighborhoods. We wonder whether the idea, i.e. having junior clean toilets, would catch on in more affluent suburbs? After all, when would the school kids have time to study — to get into, say, Harvard — or play in not-quite-semi-professional soccer teams?
Impeachment Campaign: Newt is a policy wonk who has more ideas per day than just about anyone. But this one, we regard as impeachable for the following reasons:
- The plan would role back child labor laws and is a dangerous precedent.
- Newt’s plan is little more than union busting in disguise.
- And, wow, this really sounds like a great program, “home-sourcing” parents’ jobs to their kids (at 1/4 the cost and no benefits).
- Apparently hasn’t heard about how hard it is to find a job these days (25 million Americans unemployed, under employed, or have stopped trying).
- Hasn’t thought through what impact firing janitors will have on hundreds of thousands janitor family kids. Will these families lose their homes?
- Apparently hasn’t heard that Gov. John Kasich’s union-busting law in Ohio was just repealed by an overwhelming majority of voters.
- And hasn’t he heard that another union-buster, Gov. Scott Walker’s little recall problem in Wisconsin? (We’re campaigning to impeach Walker as well).
- Has he bothered to learn about the physical requirements and risks that janitors face on the job? (He might even attempt to dismantle OSHA).
- Apparently he is not aware that janitors vote. Hey, Newt, according to the the Bureau of Labor Statistics there are more than 4 million “building cleaner workers” in the U.S. and most are classified as janitors. Now maybe your proposal is just for school janitors, but the word does get around.
Now I like Newt Gingrich consider myself an ideas person. If you just browse through the various posts, you’ll see this is true. But there are several differences between myself and the other wonk: (a) I’m not running for President of the United States (b) I consult with my wife Claudia — who at least once a day says, “ideas are a dime a dozen — but carrying them out is something else.” But at least once a week she says, “that’s ridiculous.“
We will let you know when we’ve drawn up an official “Bill of Impeachment” for Gingrich.
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