Nanny State Down on the Farm
Proving once again that nothing must be outside of the control of Leviathan, the Obama Labor Department has proposed the following:
A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.
The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.
I have lived in rural Illinois all of my life. My family was not fortunate enough to own a family farm, but I did agricultural labor for cash from the sixth grade on up, through the summer after my first year in law school. I found out three things from this experience: 1. I loved earning money; 2. Farm work was hard and I didn’t want to be doing it for the rest of my life; 3. Showing up on time and working hard was 90% of doing well on a job. I benefited quiet a bit from those simple lessons, in addition to getting a lot of exercise and gaining respect for how hard it is to make a living from farming. Now the federal government has decreed that kids, even in many cases on farms of their own families, should not have these opportunities. The only possible response to this is for me to once again summon the shade of the late Ray Walston:
Update: The Obama administration retreats:
Under pressure from farming advocates in rural communities, and following a report by The Daily Caller, the Obama administration withdrew a proposed rule Thursday that would have applied child labor laws to family farms.
Critics complained that the regulation would have drastically changed the extent to which children could work on farms owned by family members. The U.S. Department of Labor cited public outcry as the reason for withdrawing the rule.
Go here to the Daily Caller to read the rest. You can bet that if Obama is re-elected they will try to push this lunacy through in his second term. Yet another excellent reason to make certain that this is the first, last and only Obama term.