Thursday, December 8, 2011

Newt's Right About Work

Ruben Navarrette sticks up for Newt's comments about getting teenagers, especially poor ones, to work:
Gingrich is supposedly at war with the poor for saying this: "Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works, so they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday..."

...Gingrich pointed out that, for instance, among African-American teenagers, the unemployment rate is a staggering 43%.

Now, you can spin a statistic like that one of two ways. You can say these unemployed black teenagers are helpless victims and the system is working against them. Or you can say that many of these teenagers are unemployable because no one ever taught them the skills necessary to hold down a job. Gingrich thinks government should have a hand in creating a "pathway to work" so "people get in the work habit and learn the skills to be successful."

Bravo for Newt.
What this has to do with his being president, I'm not sure. But right is right.

3 Comments:

Blogger Bob Bohne said...

The bad news? We had to shop the little engine that could, AKA Herman Cain. The good news? The Gingrich express has just pulled into Spencerblog Junction. C'mon Jake, Danny, Anon! All aboard the runaway train!

Hey Gil, it's not necessarily what he said, it's how he said it “Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits for working and have nobody around them who works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday,” It's insulting! I know people who bust their ass and live in public housing. If I remember right (being an avid reader of your column)you do too.

December 8, 2011 at 12:50 PM 
Blogger Dannytheman said...

I am on board any train that knocks President Obama of his tracks.
ABO.. ABO.. ABO..

Anybody
But
Obama!

December 8, 2011 at 5:32 PM 
Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Danny - Welcome back. Did you actually see that poll that you claim said Cain would beat Obama 2 days after he dropped out of the race, or were you making that up?

December 8, 2011 at 5:57 PM 

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