Skip to comments.Department of Labor Backs Down
Posted on 04/28/2012 1:51:47 PM PDT by John Semmens
The Department of Labor announced that it was withdrawing its proposed rule banning the employment of persons younger than 16 years of age on farms.
There are many hazards in agricultural work, observed Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Dangerous machines, sharp tools, and large animals pose a threat to those working in this environment. Our aim was to protect children from being injured or worse. We had no idea that farm families routinely call upon their minor children to participate in undertaking the tasks of running the family business.
An outpouring of opposition to the proposed new rule from the farming community was what persuaded the Department to reverse itself. The message seems to be that engaging ones own children in such dangerous work is both an economic necessity and a way to train the next generation to take over the business, Solis acknowledged. I suppose if we are going to have family-owned farms this is necessary. But given the hazards, we might want to think more seriously about restructuring the industry. It seems there would be considerable economies-of-scale from consolidating the current hodgepodge of individually owned farming units into larger collective or communal operations.
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But, as satirical as the original post might be, we can only wonder just how large the “separation” is between what the writer (of the article) said, and what those folks really think!
Oh, they knew exactly what they were doing. I firmly beleive that they didn't expect the push back, and when they got it, they couldn't figure out a way to enforce the ruling.
As soon as they can figure out a way to enforce it, it will be back.
John, you get me every time. I always go WHAT!! And then notice the byline. Always a pleasure.
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