What Problem Are We Trying To Fix?

Do you ever wonder exactly what problem this Administration is trying to fix, beyond their bureaucrats' concerns that there is some corner of the economy over which they don't have authority?

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. ...

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.

Change:  We won't satisfied until every single American reaches voting age without a bit of work experience.


  1. me:

    Sigh. This is one of the main contributors to what got us into the sorry state we're in today: Hey, let's make some extra law, because we don't have enough already. I swear, we need an anti-congress, who's sole job is to nullify and strike bits of the existing body of laws.

  2. L Nettles:

    Making King George look good since 2009

    "He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance."

    Crucify them! says the EPA's Al Armendariz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze3GB_b7Nuo

  3. Ted Rado:

    Child labor laws, minimum wage, etc. have killed off the jobs that were available when I was kid. At age 13, I had a part time job in a Kroger store. I subsequently delivered papers, set pins in a bowling alley, mowed lawns (with a hand mower) worked on grounds maintenance at the university, etc. All this at WAY below minimum wage (non-existent at the time). I learned hard work, following instructions, money management, etc. All this is gone. Instead we have kids watching the boob tube and a bunch of numbskull politicians telling us what to do 24/7. Ain't progress wonderful?

  4. Jim Collins:

    What he is trying to accomplish is either more jobs for unions or illegals. If the kids can't do the work, somebody still has to. The town I live in just tried to ban kids making money for mowing lawns. I guess that it is no coincidence that the law was proposed by the owner of a landscaping business.

  5. perlhaqr:

    Jim Collins: It would be very sad if the owner of that landscaping business fell into a wood chipper. Very sad indeed.

  6. anoNY:

    Oh my God, if only they had eliminated ALL chores when I was a child! I would have had more time for Mario Cart...

  7. eCurmudgeon:

    Change: We won’t satisfied until every single American reaches voting age without a bit of work experience.

    I read that as "We won’t satisfied until every single American becomes a member of a union by voting age..."

  8. Don:

    I live on farm, I have children, they WILL do chores.

    Guess I'm gonna be an outlaw.

  9. The Other Me:

    I'll support you Don by continuing to buy bootleg raw milk and eggs from my local family farm. Got to keep the children working

  10. Mister Pickles:

    I hate our federal government. It will never stop interfering. Leave people alone. This is not about protecting children. Instead it's about expanding government authority. Especially that 90 hour training course proposal. It's idiotic. Just like so many state government certifications for more and more jobs. Soon you won't be able to be a janitor - I mean certified facilities custodian - without a certification course. Or you won't be able to be a fast food worker - I mean certified hamburger clerk - without a training course.

  11. Mark2:

    @Mr Pickles Fast food worker.

    Certified Food Services Technician.

  12. NoelArmourson:

    Maybe the problem this Administration is trying to fix is that they don't yet have absolute control of food production and wish to eliminate the family farm through onerous regulation.
    Just a wild thought...