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Sounds like Schuette is backing the wrong man for Prez. He might want to switch over to Newt. Newt is "thinking of the children", just like Schuette. I wonder if the children he is thinking of are his and what they might inherit if he can get himself elected Prez.




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Newt Gingrich: Medical Marijuana Is a Convenience That Must Be Stopped

By Andrew Belonsky Monday, November 28, 2011


Seventy-seven percent of Americans support medical marijuana. Newt Gingrich is not among them.


It’s rare to hear Republican politicians espouse medical marijuana. If they support it at all, they stick to the “states rights” rhetoric their voters know so well. See, for example, Ron Paul.


But Newt Gingrich thinks marijuana, medical or otherwise, is so dastardly that federalism should be tossed out the window and Mary Jane should be banished from coast to coast.


Yes, then-Congressman Gingrich in 1991 introduced pro-medical marijuana legislation, but now he’s thinking of the children, he tells Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.


“What has changed was the number of parents I met with who said they did not want their children to get the signal from the government that it was acceptable behavior,” said Gingrich, before saying that Americans who need medical marijuana will simply have to cope with the inconvenience of debilitating pain and nausea.


“[My supporters] were prepared to say as a matter of value that it was better to send a clear signal on no drug use at the risk of inconveniencing some people, than it was to be compassionate toward a small group at the risk of telling a much larger group that it was okay to use the drug,” Gingrich explained. “Within a year of my original support of that bill I withdrew it.”


As for the drug war as a whole, Gingrich believes the government should thrust itself into people’s private lives and start requiring testing for anyone who gets federal benefits like food stamps.


I think that we need to consider taking more explicit steps to make it expensive to be a drug user. It could be through testing before you get any kind of federal aid. Unemployment compensation, food stamps, you name it.


Hmmm, will these tests apply to people receiving social security? Oh, wait, that’s unsustainable, so it won’t be around for much longer. Drug problem solved!

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He sure is "thinking of the children"!



Newt Gingrich derides child labor laws, says poor kids should work as janitors


We shouldn’t bother reforming education for poor kids, Newt Gingrich says. Forget graduation rates — what these kids need is to spend more time scrubbing bathrooms.


Yes, since thousands of children are stuck in failing schools, we might as well put them to work there as janitors, the presidential candidate says.


"The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they’d have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising," Gingrich said recently.


Because it’s not failing schools that trap kids in a cycle of poverty — it’s child labor laws, he maintained, which are "truly stupid."


If he were president, Gingrich told an audience at Harvard University last week, he’d do away with such laws. They’re the real reason for income inequality in this country — if poor kids weren’t "trapped in child laws," they’d be able to earn money. (Just think of the riches they’d earn as school janitors).


Gingrich, who has since backtracked on his comments, didn’t offer any evidence to support this theory. That would be difficult, since studies have found that the more students work, the lower their grades and the more likely they are to have academic and behavioral problems and drop out of school.


He also didn’t feel the need to lecture rich kids about the benefits of cleaning toilets. Because children of privilege couldn’t possibly be lazy — and if they were, they could always hire poor kids to mop their floors, too.


After all, in the days before "stupid" child labor laws, impoverished kids like novelist Charles Dickens were pulled out of school and forced to toil in factories. And look what a success Dickens was! He wrote a novel called "Oliver Twist" that was based on his miserable childhood.


That novel helped inspire child labor laws, to allow kids to focus on education instead of grunt work, so they can reach their full potential. But Gingrich says he has better ideas to fix poverty — like in 1994, when he argued we should reduce welfare rolls by shipping children of the poor off to orphanages.


First the orphanage, then the workhouse, says the man who wants to be our president — bring back the days of Oliver Twist.



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