Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich thinks child labor laws are “truly stupid.”

While speaking at Harvard, Gingrich chided child labor laws for institutionalizing poverty. “It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in child laws which are truly stupid. Saying to people you shouldn’t go to work before you’re 14, 16. You’re totally poor, you’re in a school that’s failing with a teacher that’s failing,” said Gingrich.

“I tried for years to have a very simple model. These schools should get rid of unionized janitors, have one master janitor, pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work; they’d have cash; they’d have pride in the schools. They’d begin the process of rising.”

Because nothing instills pride more than cleaning up after rich. Just watch the musical Annie. They’re so happy, they’re singing!