Newt Gingrich, disgraced former Speaker of the House, is running for U.S. President, and he has a unique education platform. After poor children finish cleaning school toilets and graduate from high school, they can work their way through college, too. If the nation repealed those pesky child labor laws, it could rid itself of over-paid unionized school janitors and government-subsidized loans for coddled, lazy college students, too. right?
Not quite. In New York, for example, the most expensive city in America, the folks who clean schools earn, at most, $37,710 a year. And as for compulsory college work/study, Mr. Gingrich spent a lot of time in college himself but he refused take a job to pay for it, relying on his parents and the earnings of Jackie, Wife #1, his former high school math teacher, who supported him all the way through graduate school. Mr. Gingrich told stepmom Marcella McPherson: “ ‘I do not want to go to work. I want all my time for my studies. . . . “ Gingrich congressional staffer Dolores Adamson adds “Jackie put him all the way through school. All the way through the PhD. . . . He didn’t work.”
Of course even today, with jobs scarce, 57% of college students have part-time jobs.
“Gingrich Plan for (Other People) Paying for College,” InsideHigherEd.com
“Lazy Jerk Newt Gingrich Refused to Get a Job While Studying,” Kirsten Boyd Johnson, Wonkette
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