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Why Repealing Child Labor Laws Is a Truly Stupid Idea

Did you hear the one where the Republican contender for president said we ought to repeal child labor laws? Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but if you weren't paying attention due to all the holiday parties, you might have missed Newt Gingrich's comments on the subject. He said that child labor laws are "truly stupid." He wants poor 10-year-olds to become school janitors. 

As the mother of a 10-year-old, Mr. Gingrich's comments have been weighing on me. I had to speak up. Talk like this might get some headlines and votes, but it's shortsighted to even think about abolishing child labor laws. 

Anyone who is thinking that this proposal is anything but idiotic needs a little history lesson:


Read more in The Huffington Post.



Thanks again to Gina Misiroglu of Red Room for putting me in touch with the Huffingto Post people!