I was really hoping this was an article from The Onion, alas, no, it’s real news
(Daily Caller) A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district member 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.”
Good grief. The strong arm of the Central Government reaches out to get involved with things that are none of their business yet again. But, I think we can all understand that Liberals really hate the idea of people actually having to work. And that they probably will require that unionized labor be hired in place of these kids doing chores.
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.
So, not only would the regs restrict kids doing farm work that they’ve done basically forever, but, put safety training and certification in the hands of government bureaucrats.