Did Newt eat a piece of humble pie? – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs Are you fucking kidding me? Whats next, OSHA regulations? Let me share with you a few excerpts from an essay by Jennifer Wagner about why child labor is bad and OSHA is good. From The History of Child Labor During the American Industrial Revolution Which may be found here: IHS Child Slave Labor News :: The History of Child Labor During the American Industrial Revolution Child labor, the practice of employing young children in factories and in other industries, was a widespread means of providing mass labor at little expense to employers during the American Industrial Revolution. The employers forced young workers into dangerous labor-intensive jobs that caused "severe and permanent physical, psychological, intellectual, and social damage". By 1900 over two million children, mostly immigrant children under the age of sixteen, were employed. The immigrant children worked in inhumane conditions in textile mills, coalmines, flourmills, machine shops, garment factories, tobacco factories, shoe factories, and carpet plants, in order to provide a source of income for their families. In numerous industries children labored around unsafe machinery. received wages that were much lower than those received by adult laborers for comparable work. Boys' parents often presented a fake birth certificate with an altered date of birth in order to have their children, who were often as young as five or six years of age, work in the mines. Breaker boys, the youngest of the miners, were subjected to large quantities of coal dust while they sat on the edges of trough-like chutes in order to handpick debris from the coal. Employers did not allow the breaker boys to wear gloves for fear that they would inhibit the agility of the boys' hands. Breaker boys also suffered from chronic throat trouble and respiratory illnesses that were caused by inhaling coal dust. If a breaker boy worked long hours around the coal crusher he often suffered from hearing loss. Fingers were often caught in coal conveyers Occasionally a boy fell into the coal crusher The machinery in textile mills was just as dangerous as the machinery in the mines. Spinner girls watched numerous rows of bobbins spin at a rapid pace. Doffer boys had the simple, mundane task of replacing empty bobbins. Both spinners and doffers ran the risk of loosing fingers or a hand in the machinery that rapidly spun the bobbins. I could keep quoting but it goes on and on, and this is all stuff that happened here in the United States. Child labor practices overseas today will curl your toes. Newt Gingrich actually wants to go down that road? Thats hubris alright; I think the articles author hit the nail on the head with that one.