Does this sound familiar to you?
[John] Locke himself regretted that the labor of poor children “is generally lost to the public till they are twelve or fourteen years old” and suggested that all children over three, of families on relief, should attend “working schools” so they would be “from infancy…inured to work.” (bolded emphasis mine)
-Howard Zinn, “A People’s History of the United States” pages 73-74
File this one under “what goes around comes around” or “some things never change.”
You might also be interested in Barbara Ehrenreich’s “Preying on the Poor.”