Republicans who love to leap on Joe Biden’s latest gaffe might consider listening to a few tapes of Kevin McCarthy’s. He is frequently not comprehensible, let alone articulate. Today he went on a description of improvements he wants to see in government, particularly with respect to the debt ceiling, and he came up with this gem.
Drive those babies to labor https://t.co/THM0CGCwb4
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) May 30, 2023
If you’re a child sitting on the couch, playing a video game or Barbie or whatever, look out. Kevin is going to put you to work. And if you’re in a state like Iowa or Arkansas where that’s already happening, then watch out double.
If Republicans ruled America pic.twitter.com/TTz8Np1mW6
— 𝕊𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕒𝕖_𝔻𝕚𝕧𝕚𝕟𝕖 (@SundaeDivine) May 30, 2023
I'm sorry Billy, you have to get a job… The Republicans said so. pic.twitter.com/7cZBwzpPZb
— Peter Alfieri (@peter_alfieri_1) May 30, 2023
Like back in the good old days pic.twitter.com/r8XqO9FJRy
— Surely U Can't B Serious 🌻🟧 (@HereAsABackUp) May 30, 2023
You think we jest? Read this story about how Republicans in Wisconsin, Iowa and Ohio want to relax child labor laws, have kids working in bars, all kinds of things.
Bringing more children into the labor market is, of course, not the only way to solve the problem. Economists point to several other strategies the country can employ to alleviate the labor crunch without asking kids to work more hours or in dangerous settings.
The most obvious is allowing more legal immigration, which is politically divisive but has been a cornerstone of the country’s ability to grow for years in the face of an aging population. Other strategies could include incentivizing older workers to delay retirement, expanding opportunities for formerly incarcerated people and making child-care more affordable, so that parents have greater flexibility to work.
In Wisconsin, lawmakers are backing a proposal to allow 14-year-olds to serve alcohol in bars and restaurants. If it passed, Wisconsin would have the lowest such limit nationwide, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
More immigration is saner and more humane than child labor, but with the uber racism of the Republican party, they may prefer child labor. Sure glad I’m not a kid anymore.