Apparently, this is not a joke — the Obama Administration is seeking to pass a law that would ban all children from under the age of 16 from farm “chores”.
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 16 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”
This absolutely bizarre effort to regulate the family farm (and food production) absolutely blows my mind. With the average age over 50 now on the nations farms, who else should be learning how to process the food and products produced? Monsanto?
Defying common sense is becoming a national characteristic, found at the highest levels of government through the most lowly bureaucrat.
This has created a lot of criticism — and it should.
The way the regulations are currently written, he added, would prohibit children under 16 from using battery powered screwdrivers, since their motors, like those of a tractor, are defined as “power take-off driven.”
Will Americans simply finally, refuse? If not, then what’s next?
Have you had enough yet?
No? I thought not.
The U.S. Department of Labor cited public outcry as the reason for withdrawing the rule.