"Now comes the Department of Labor with proposed new regs forbidding farm children to do chores on their own farms. Seriously.Family farms depend on their kids for cheap labor. Take that labor away, and you put the few remaining family farms out of business. The kids benefit as well, as one can see here, and they also have lower rates of the Diseases of Civilization, like asthma and allergies.
"All my farm kid friends could drive cars by 5, tractors by 7 or 8 and big machinery by junior high. They could milk cows by hand or machine, and build a barn in a long weekend. They were more creative, more confident, more disciplined than us lazy slacker town kids who didn’t know how to raise a cow up from a baby cow (called a “calf” in farm talk).
So of course the Feds want to put a stop to it. The last thing in the world they want to see is capable, independent citizens. That's a threat.
"Their desire to control every aspect of your and your children’s lives is a given."Exactly. It's all about control.
Most of the food my family eats comes from local family farms. I don't really appreciate the government trying to put them out of business.
We're well on the way to becoming a totalitarian state. Time to start yelling stop, and taking action.
"If Americans don’t fight THIS, if we don’t draw a line in the sand HERE, then it’s over. We should send the Statue of Liberty back to France. In her place, erect a giant Mary Poppins statue, umbrella and all, squatting in Nanny Bloomberg’s harbor. No more huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Yearning leads to striving and we can’t have that because it leads to disparate outcomes; huddling is bad for your posture; and breathing — free or otherwise — produces carbon dioxide which will harm Gaia.
P.S. I just saw on Drudge (4 hours after posting this) that the Feds have abandoned this effort (for the time being, no doubt). I would link to the AP news story, but in trying to read it myself I was attacked with Malware. So don't go visit the AP site! P.P.S. Here's an apparently-safe update from The Hill.