Government to tell farm parents what chores their kids can perform
Read it and draw your own conclusions.
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.
Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work "in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials."
"Prohibited places of employment," a Department press release read, "would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions."
The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government's approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.
Rossie Blinson, a 21-year-old college student from Buis Creek, N.C., told The Daily Caller that the federal government's plan will do far more harm than good.
"The main concern I have is that it would prevent kids from doing 4-H and FFA projects if they're not at their parents' house," said Blinson.
This is not government as a nanny. This is government as mommy or daddy whose authority supersedes that of the child's parents. This is government telling American citizens basically how to raise their kids. The regulation posits the notion that the government is more concerned about the health and safety of farm kids than their parents and that government is better able to determine what a child is capable of doing on a farm than a parent.
They don't have regs like this in North Korea. They didn't have them in the old Soviet Union. What do those totalitarian Communist dictatorships know that Barack Obama's labor department doesn't?