Farm State Outrage Intensifies Over Labor Dept. Proposal to Ban Children From Doing Some Chores on Farms

Farm State Outrage Intensifies Over Labor Dept. Proposal to Ban Children From Doing Some Chores on Farms

By Patrick Burke

February 1, 2012

Farmers and congressmen from farm states continue to slam proposed U.S. Department of Labor farm regulations, which would bar farm children under 16 from operating tractors and other machinery and working with livestock.

“This is what happens when big city bureaucrats try to craft policies for rural America,” Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) said of the proposals.

Rehberg, who has become of the proposal’s most ardent opponents, criticized the Labor Department for drafting regulations that he says are unnecessary.

“(The) most effective way to become a safe and effective operator of farm implements is to learn at a young age under the guidance of a knowledgeable and careful instructor,” he said.

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6 Responses to Farm State Outrage Intensifies Over Labor Dept. Proposal to Ban Children From Doing Some Chores on Farms

  1. PapaSwamp says:

    The skills learned from apprenticeships are dying. Farming, blacksmithing..even the simple things such as changing a tire, sewing a button, basic engine maintenance. The farm situation is due to support for migrant workers (votes).

    As Heinelein wrote in ‘Time Enough for Love’..”A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

    Instead we are raising people to be dependent on specialists to come in and do the work for us. More kids are injured or killed every year playing sports than farm work….we are letting our country be turned into a bunch of whimps.

    • I could not have said it better, PapaSwamp. It is all deliberate, of course. The powers that be want us to be weak and dependent.

      • PapaSwamp says:

        It has to be. I posted about the latest jobs report. Majority of new jobs are to those with less than HS education. It’s as if someone wants the US workforce to be like China’s.

      • There is so much trickery in these job reports. Firstly, 93 percent of all of the people who have lost their job since the outbreak of this recession and who have found new jobs were hired at a lower pay rate than the job they lost. The UI stats are a joke as they fail to include underemployed and discouraged workers. The latest stat is pure bunk, the annual “seasonal” employment statistic is removed from the whole statistic–that number equals roughly 2 million jobs that were lost in the last month…added to that, 1.5 million people completely left the work force in December. Lies lies lies.

  2. cromwellshead says:

    I learned to drive a tractor at nine years. My grand daughter will learn when her feet will reach the pedals.
    I agree with you Papaswamp. I learned to ignore these bureaucrats years ago, living in the EU you have to. Otherwise nothing gets done. The only way to fight it is ignore it. What else is there?

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