POSTED: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 6:40pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 10:20am
tyler — I thought we were done with this last year, but it's back.
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis was on capitol hill Wednesday.
She was testifying for the administration.
The Obama administration wants to limit work that farm children under the age of 16 can do on a farm.
At one time it was for any farm.
Now the Labor Department has backed down and says how about an exemption on your parents farm, but you had to be 16 or older to work on any other farm?
This would mean if you're under 16 you could not able to pick tobacco, not be able to drive a tractor, and not be able to use a power screwdriver.
You also could not work with livestock.
I'm not making this up.
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) told Solis that the proposed regulations would change the way family farms work, preventing farm kids from learning their parents' trade.
What if your uncles farm needed help.
That's where I did all my learning.
Most farm families need the help from children.
This was also brought up..."If the federal government can regulate the kind of relationship between parents and their children on their own family's farm, there is almost nothing off-limit" when it comes to government intrusion."
This bunch in D.C. right now is way overplaying their hand.
The CNS article where I found this reads that The regulations would exempt children working on farms owned by their parents, but not children working on farms owned by other relatives.
Why have any laws on this at all?
Why does the federal government have anything to say how you raise or work your children?
And I want to know who is going to enforce this?
The farm police?
Are we now going to have a farm czar that will drive around in a Chevy Volt and handcuff you if Jr. Is on the tractor and he's 15.
To use farm terminology, this is all from the south end of a north-bound bull.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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