Tag: United States Department of Labor

Don’t Touch That Horse

You know, I give up. The people in this Administration are just fucking stupid:

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.”

It would also replace the FFA’s and 4-H’s programs with a government program. Last year, I went to a fair in central Pennsylvania where livestock were displayed and sold. I was very impressed by the young kids who were able to manage, raise and sell animals. If I understand this regulation correctly, that would stop. And so would some of the charm of the fair.

I could get deep into how deeply stupid this is or how this is not some modern version of child slavery but that’s playing Hilda Solis’ game. The underlying principle is that what children do on the farms is not the government’s fucking business. It’s certainly not the business of the Feds. And even it were, it would be the business of the Department of Agriculture, where there’s a reasonable chance the bureaucrats and the secretary have seen an actual cow or at least know what one looks like.

Maybe there is some thought behind this, but it sounds an awful lot like some city slicker suddenly found out that — heavens to besty! — some kids in rural areas have chores and do work.