Update: Sarah Palin chimes in…
“The Obama Administration is working on regulations that would prevent children from working on our own family farms. This is more overreach of the federal government with many negative consequences. And if you think the government’s new regs will stop at family farms, think again.
My family is a commercial fishing family, and commercial fishing in Alaska is much like the family farm (but the year ’round farmers no doubt work harder than we do!). I guarantee fishing families wouldn’t stand for this nonsensical intrusion into our lives and livelihoods, and, as a former 4-H member, I don’t believe farm families will either. Our kids learn to work and to help feed America on our nation’s farms, and out on the water.
Federal government: get your own house in order and stop interfering in ours.”
– Sarah Palin
Because teaching our children that through work hard, work ethics, discipline, independence & motivation, they will reap the rewards of success and self-reliance is a BAD thing. Instead, we are supposed to teach our children to expect things handed to them without earning it. They should be taught that they are ENTITLED to a car, a cell phone, a computer, designer clothes & shoes, spending money for trips to the mall and activities with their friends. They should be taught to be dependent on us for everything so that they will be useful idiots when they turn 18, and vote for democrats. I got it.
We teach our boys that in order to be successful and happy, they must work hard for whatever it is they wish to have or to achieve. If they want to earn money to save up for a certain toy or video game, they must do their chores AND do well in school! All of this while remaining respectful and polite. How are our children supposed to grow into independent, self-reliant, successful, respectful adults if they are not taught to be those things at a young age? Children who are consistently handed everything to them for doing nothing, are spoiled rotten and eventually expect things handed to them throughout life. That is what’s wrong with this country. Many people think they are entitled to what others have, what others have worked their butts off for!
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.”