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    when I was a teen on AFDC (aid for dependent children) I got a SUMMER job paid for through a block grant called the "Neighborhood Youth Corps."  The wages were the minimum wage, I had to apply for a social security card, I had to be 14 or older, and during the summer I could work up to 40 hours a week as long as I didn't work more than 8 hours a day, and as long as I had passing grades in school.  This was while SCHOOL WAS NOT IN SESSION.  I worked summers through NYC from age 15 through 19, until the program got cancelled, and yes, I cleaned the middle school and the high school, scrubbing walls, polishing floors, cleaning desks and chairs.  Other, older NYC kids were in the school too, an 18 year old was on the roof helping a maintenance crew retar it.  But it wasn't to replace anyone: this was maintenance work that they would have to hire extra labor to do if the NYC kids couldn't do it.  We worked for the full time janitorial staff.  Nobody was 'replaced', and we weren't picking up after people.  We were beautifying our school to prepare it for fall opening.  That's a far cry from what Newt wants to do, which is essentially putting kids into indentured servitude in order to destroy the jobs unionized full time laborers and employ children as scabs.

    "Kossacks are held to a higher standard. Like Hebrew National hot dogs." - blueaardvark

    by louisev on Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 05:16:43 PM PST

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