This is beyond infuriating:
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.
When I was a child growing up in the Cuban-refugee community of South Florida, we’d often take summer trips to visit my mother’s cousin, Jorge, who had married into a family of American dairy farmers near Tampa. He lived on a 3,000 acre spread brimming with dairy cattle. I was probably 8, 10, and 12 the times we went to visit him and his family. He’d wake us up at the crack of dawn and take us out to the barns to start doing our chores.
It wasn’t because he needed the help. It was because it was good for us. But now the Obama administration decides that it’s better for children to watch television or surf the Internet than to be outside in the fresh air learning solid work habits and personal responsibility.
Maybe there’s a silver lining here, however. The Obama administration is demonstrating irrefutably what the Framers of our Constitution knew intuitively — that a federal government with unlimited power to regulate the economy is just a tyranny in waiting.