HolyCoast: Obama Goes After Kids Working on Family Farms

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Obama Goes After Kids Working on Family Farms

After all, by the time Obama leaves office all American traditions must be eliminated:
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.

“I started showing sheep when I was four years old. I started with cattle around 8. It’s been very important. I learned a lot of responsibility being a farm kid.”

In Kansas, Cherokee County Farm Bureau president Jeff Clark was out in the field — literally on a tractor — when TheDC reached him. He said if Solis’s regulations are implemented, farming families’ labor losses from their children will only be part of the problem.

“What would be more of a blow,” he said, “is not teaching our kids the values of working on a farm.”
Values? We can't have that. They might learn to be independent thinkers and doers and that poses a threat to the socialists.


Anonymous said...

Children working on farms owned by their parents are exempt.

Anonymous said...

IF Sarah Palin were smart enough to read the contents of the bill and capable of understanding it she would know that the regulations against kids working on farms does not include kids working on the farm owned by one of their parents. “The proposed regulations would not apply to children working on farms owned by their parents”, says the Labor Department press release from last August announcing publication of the proposed law revisions in the Federal Register. 

Kids CAN work on their own family's farm and subject themselves to the risk of working around dangerous machinery.  They are exempt from this rule. The law is designed to prevent them from hiring outside employees under the age of 16 and to protect them from possible harm on the job.Sarah-know-nothing doesn't see huge Confined Animal Feedlot Operations, she doesn't see the sludge ponds of waste from the CAFO's, she doesn't see the huge equipment that is used such as harvesters and thresher machines. She can't understand how many chemicals such as anti-biotics, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, machine lubricants, fuels, etc. etc. etc. All these things that make modern industrial farming a very hazardous occupation for grownups much less children.
Maybe she and Bristol should pay attention to laws about pimping out children in Hollywood for reality tee vee shows. The Palins need to clean up their own houses instead of continuing to prove how accurate the portrayal of Sarah is in the movie "Game Change".

Rick Moore said...

And perhaps, Mr. Anonymous, if you were smart enough to read the politics of this issue you'd realize that Obama would have to back down...which he did. This rule is dead. But thanks for playing.