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.”
Because nothing says “intelligent government oversight” like banning children from one of the last sources of a strong work ethic.
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.
Emphasis mine. Why does the idea of the government arrogating to itself the sole right to teach our kids ANYTHING make my f*cking skin crawl?
Naturally, the government’s tissue-thin pretext is that it will prevent injuries to children, an explanation which neatly sidesteps their own numbers:
According to a United States Department of Agriculture study, farm accidents among youth fell nearly 40 percent between 2001 and 2009, to 7.2 injuries per 1,000 farms.
I’d just love to believe this is the government being concerned about the welfare of children. I’d love to believe that this isn’t some cynical plot to grab one more slice of power from average Americans and make them dependent on the government. I’d love to believe there isn’t a deeper game here involving job creation for a certain segment of voters.
But unfortunately this administration has forced me to look behind the curtain so many times I just reflexively assume they’re up to no good, and the only question is the degree to which they’re trying to screw us this time.