Newt Gingrich’s Comments

January 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

This is a clip of Newt Gingrich responding to the a question on comments he has made over the last several weeks.  I think his response is more interesting then the original comment.  The crowds reaction was also very interesting in my opinion.

§ 2 Responses to Newt Gingrich’s Comments

  • Here’s the Daily Show segment I was referring to in class. It doesn’t seem that anyone is going to forget about his comments this election season.

  • Tiffin says:

    What strikes me the most about Gingrich’s comments are his ideas about the working class or the poor. He proposes that we allow low income kids in schools to work as janitors because they could then earn money and work on their poor work ethic. Gingrich falls into stereotyping the poor, saying that the reason they don’t earn more is because they do not work hard enough. This idea goes back to the American dream in the sense that we tend to believe that someone can get whatever they want if they work hard enough. It is also a very problematic idea.

    This idea lets us blame poverty on people being “lazy” instead of getting to the heart of the problem. We demonize welfare programs and those who are poor. I personally come from a low income family. I’ve sat by while hearing person after person complain about the social programs we have, such as Gingrich discussed as well as how people would not be poor if they only worked harder. I grew up with a single mother who has worked for as long as I can remember. It did not matter how hard or dangerous the job, she took it anyway to pay the bills and put food on the table. I could go on and on of instances where the quote on quote “poor class” demonstrates that they are anything but lazy. There are of course exceptions but stereotyping low income people puts the blame on them for poverty instead of the systems in place (such as discrimination, education system, etc).

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