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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores

Many children acquire valuable skills by working in the family business or on the family farm. Ron Paul worked on his family farm. Now the government wants to ban children from learning valuable skills on the family farm. The government wants children in its indoctrination factories where they can grow into unthinking and uncaring zombie citizen tools of the state. The Obama Administration has even declared war on the 4-H club and wants to end its programs.
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.
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