New Roles for Unemployed Children


As I sit and listen to the coverage of the nauseating rise of Newt Gingrich in the polls I continue to hear variations on his child labor trope.  Of course I find this repulsive and just plain stupid (not to mention racist, sexist, everything-ist).  In short I find that Newt seems to have something to offend everyone.

But a little more thinking on this led me to another idea.  It seems to me that Gingrich’s plan is basically to utilize children to do jobs that are generally distasteful or beneath the expectations of the 1%.  So why not use children to take over when Congress sits idly passing nothing useful and, to use a classroom metaphor,  just making paper airplanes and killing time.  Well I propose that we send Congress home to their comfy homes and servants and use some of those unemployed children to fill their spots.

Congress is doing nothing, so replacing them with children would not risk a reduction in productivity.   Children are generally pretty adept at wasting time, making paper airplanes, arguing and getting nothing done.  So it would be an equal tradeoff.  Congress gets to relax at home and the poor unemployed children get to see how hard it is to do the job of the people who might make it possible for them to be in the labor force once again.

One possible problem though.  There is a small possibility that one or more of these children might somehow do something, might have an idea, might agree with others on something.  So like most ventures it’s not risk free but at least they could have the experience of knowing how hard our lawmakers work.

Being  just a lowly blogger, though, I must leave the details to the likes of Newt, Donald and Mitt (if he shows up).  Over to you guys now.

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About perkustooth

I am a registered nurse, writer, photographer and composer living in Alameda. I am originally a midwesterner and was born and raised in Chicago.
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