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Federal rewrite of labor laws causing a flap down on the farm (Feds, Feds, Feds, Feds..Feds, Feds..)
Washington Times ^ | December 5, 2011 | Andrea Billups

Posted on 12/06/2011 12:25:15 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

LANSING, Mich. — Sparking outrage across the country’s rural heartland, the Obama administration is proposing rules to curb the ability of children on farms to engage in “corn sex” for pay.

Farmers call it corn detasseling, a time-honored but physically demanding chore designed to promote cross-pollination in the field. For decades it has been a way for teens to earn extra spending money — and forge some good-natured field hand camaraderie — for a few weeks each summer.

The Obama administration is considering revisions to federal agricultural work rules that effectively would bar teens younger than 16 from engaging in a number of traditional chores for pay — including detasseling.

Opponents of the rules across the Farm Belt argue that they are in part an attack on a way of life, one foreign to Beltway bureaucrats and one that should be encouraged in an era of rising childhood obesity rates and increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

“We need more young farmers in Oklahoma, not less. We need more young people who know where their food comes from, not less,” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and state Agriculture Secretary Jim Reese said in a Nov. 30 letter to Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis.

“Any policy that would hinder the opportunities of young Americans to experience life in our agricultural communities is misguided indeed.”

The American Farm Bureau is heading a coalition of more than 70 agriculture organizations that have petitioned the Labor Department in Washington to reconsider what would be the first major rewrite of farm labor standards since the 1970s.

......“At first I thought it was a joke,” Iowa corn farmer Henry Hemminghaus recently said....“It would eliminate 40 [percent] to 70 percent of my workforce. It would probably eliminate about 1,200 out of the 2,000 kids I hire.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: agriculture; childlabor; farmers; laborlaws; litigation; regulations
EPA Regulations Cost Jobs and Cause Blackouts (Gov.Perry's battle with the Feds) "Reports indicate that the predominant costs of implementing the Environmental Protection Agency’s new "green" economy regulations are job loss (as coal plants are forced to close) and mass blackouts.

President Obama admitted in a 2008 interview that he is intent on shutting down the U.S. coal industry:

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.

A press release from GOP candidate Rick Perry's campaign claims the the Clean Air Act is specifically designed to reconfigure America's energy landscape and cause job losses. It states:

The president's ideologically driven objectives on greenhouse gases are so extreme, in fact, that the EPA recently admitted it would require 230,000 new federal bureaucrats to fully implement the terms of the Clean Air Act. The agency's admission confirms that the Clean Air Act was never intended to apply to greenhouse gases. Rather than simply concede that fact, the Obama administration has attempted to rewrite the Clean Air Act to satisfy its radical agenda of regulating the entire economy based on emissions.".....

1 posted on 12/06/2011 12:25:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

First step to unionization of farm hands?


2 posted on 12/06/2011 12:32:12 AM PST by Jonty30 (If a person won't learn under the best of times, than he must learn under the worst of times.)
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To: Jonty30

SEIU is getting it’s hooks into home childcare — like a vampire searching for ever more blood to feed Federal control and dictate to the people.


3 posted on 12/06/2011 12:39:06 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Jonty30

The purpose of such regulations is to drive people off of rural lands. It is the folks in rural areas who are predominately conservative.

The socialists want everyone dependent on government - no exceptions.


4 posted on 12/06/2011 12:42:42 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: SatinDoll

Stalin, Castro, Mao and Pol Pol would all be proud.


5 posted on 12/06/2011 12:47:28 AM PST by spokeshave
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To: spokeshave

2nd Pol = Pot


6 posted on 12/06/2011 12:47:59 AM PST by spokeshave
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

WORK ETHIC
These are good jobs for rural teenagers where they learn a work ethic. Obama/commies want them learning the welfare ethic, being dependent on gov’t for sustenance.


7 posted on 12/06/2011 12:49:06 AM PST by dennisw (I heard the old man laughing What good is a used up world and how could it be worth having-Sting)
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To: dennisw
...Obama/commies want them learning the welfare ethic, being dependent on gov’t for sustenance.

Bump!

Best to get them into those "reeducation camps" aka called "higher education."

8 posted on 12/06/2011 12:54:24 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: SatinDoll
The purpose of such regulations is to drive people off of rural lands. It is the folks in rural areas who are predominately conservative.

The regulations already on farmers is killing their bottom line.

9 posted on 12/06/2011 12:55:48 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If my own memory is any indication, kids from about 12 up are as heatproof as any adult, given they get enough hydration. Keep the kids in Kool-Aid (the real kind) and an occasional Pepsi or Coke, and they’ll happily tassel the corn.


10 posted on 12/06/2011 1:51:02 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"While many teenagers sleep in during the summer, 14-year-old Will Bennett wakes up at 5 a.m. to make it to his summer job -- corn detasseling.

While it's hard work in the hot sun, it does have its rewards, said Bennett, a Galesburg resident and Gull Lake student who is in his second summer of detasseling.

"Money doesn't just come down to you. It teaches you how life is going to be," said the industrious young man who will start high school this fall.

....."Lori Bennett, whose family moved to Galesburg about four years ago from Lansing, said when she first heard about corn detasseling, she wasn't sure she wanted her son to do it.

"I'm a city girl. What do you mean you're taking my son out to corn detassel?" she said of her initial reaction.

But now she's a convert.

She praised the company her son works for: "They had great informational meetings," and "they operate in a very professional manner."

And she sees the work as "a great job for young boys."

"One of my neighbors said, 'If you put corn detasseling on a job application or resume, they will know you can work really hard,'" she said."...... Source


11 posted on 12/06/2011 2:01:24 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: spokeshave
“We are fed up with being overtaxed and overregulated. We are tired of being told how much salt we can put on our food, what windows we can buy for our house, what kinds of cars we can drive, what kinds of guns we can own, what kinds of prayers we are allowed to say and where we can say them, what political speech we are allowed to use to elect candidates, what kind of energy we can use, what kind of food we can grow, what doctor we can see, and countless other restrictions on our right to live as we see fit.” -- "Fed Up" by Gov. Rick Perry
12 posted on 12/06/2011 2:03:44 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: spokeshave

Yep....my parents would have been put in prison for child abuse.

There would have been no persons of the character and integrity like Abraham Lincoln or the Wright Brothers, if this fascism and parental controls were allowed during their time.

BUT parents would NEVER have ALLOWED government to interfere in their families back then. Nope—they didn’t have the forced government Centralized indoctrination centers to destroy the minds of children back then either.

In fact, most didn’t go to school more than a few years....that was enough to create literate educated people at the level of Ph.D’s back then when Rhetoric, Mathematics and Phonics and Classics were taught, instead of condom wearing and how to perform homosexual acts. It is really sick what schools are doing to children now a days. They are getting a Penn State Type Education.


13 posted on 12/06/2011 2:13:15 AM PST by savagesusie
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And why not girls? Keep both genders in Kool-Aid (and sunscreen, at least till they’ve built up good tans) and detasseling won’t be too hassling. I bet the boys would prefer that to mowing suburban lawns all day in the same weather.


14 posted on 12/06/2011 2:14:20 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If Perry steers clear of moves that would be demographic suicide for the Republicans, he would be a half sensible candidate.


15 posted on 12/06/2011 2:17:59 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

One more step to ruin “work ethic” from the American culture.

Hell! I was 9 years old sacking groceries while learning the work ethic and going to the school of hard knocks.

From that point on, I worked and now own a business that I have run for over 35 years.


16 posted on 12/06/2011 3:26:30 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Somehow, I can see “cash on the barrel head” deals coming. No W4s, no W2s, no W9s, no stinkin’ fed paperwork whatsoever, etc. etc. etc. This fascist clown adiministration is creating a HUGE underground economy the likes of which have never been seen before in U.S. history.
Sometimes, what a bully doesn’t know only hurts their pocketbook....too bad, so sad.


17 posted on 12/06/2011 3:37:56 AM PST by lgjhn23
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Years ago on many Navy bases the grocery baggers at the commissary worked for tips only. They usually made something like 30 bucks or more per hour. There was a waiting list to get the job.

Then some genius changed the rules so they couldn’t work for tips any more. Had to be paid an hourly rate and were not allowed to accept tips.

First thing that happened is all the baggers quit, the waiting list went away, service quality declined. I have not shopped on a base in many years but my guess is that there are no more grocery baggers, you do it yourself, carry them to your car yourself.

Government intruded in what was an exceptional system - the baggers made good money, the service was really good, and your food was properly handled.

I think the reasoning had something to do with reported income for tax purposes.


18 posted on 12/06/2011 3:53:19 AM PST by msrngtp2002 (Just my opinion.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obozo has been at war with farmers, farms and agriculture since his days in ill. senate.

He hates rural America and now has a plan to offer incentives for inner city people ro purchase farm property.


19 posted on 12/06/2011 4:09:12 AM PST by muddler (Diligentia, Vis and Celeritas)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obozo has been at war with farmers, farms and agriculture since his days in ill. senate.

He hates rural America and now has a plan to offer incentives for inner city people ro purchase farm property.


20 posted on 12/06/2011 4:09:49 AM PST by muddler (Diligentia, Vis and Celeritas)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obozo has been at war with farmers, farms and agriculture since his days in ill. senate.

He hates rural America and now has a plan to offer incentives for inner city people ro purchase farm property.


21 posted on 12/06/2011 4:10:30 AM PST by muddler (Diligentia, Vis and Celeritas)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Sure getting tired of this clown's administration of our country.

Keeping my MBR cleaned and ready.

22 posted on 12/06/2011 4:27:57 AM PST by gettinolder (Smashed lips save ships.)
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To: gettinolder
Remember, Citizen... nobama hates you, hates your family, hates your success, hates Free America, hates Americans, hates the Constitution and hates the Bill of Rights. nobama is a hate crime foisted upon America. nobama is the Destroyer . Everything nobama does is intentional. God help us all.
23 posted on 12/06/2011 4:35:57 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This administration has been over regulating small independent farmers making it harder for them to do business. I doubt this has anything to do with concerns about children of people.
24 posted on 12/06/2011 4:45:41 AM PST by opentalk
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To: opentalk

=or people


25 posted on 12/06/2011 4:59:57 AM PST by opentalk
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Another idiot move by the Kenyan.

If there is a way to fugg up America, this vacationing POS will find it.


26 posted on 12/06/2011 5:09:54 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
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good honest clean outdoors work for teenage boys and girls which also means good hardworking boys meet good hardworking girls......  which is a good thing!!! Let them meet the good kids and associate with them instead of the degenerates and druggies
27 posted on 12/06/2011 6:37:05 AM PST by dennisw (I heard the old man laughing What good is a used up world and how could it be worth having-Sting)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Through our history, from the Revolution onward, the Washington governing class has been sort of afraid to mess with farmers.

The fact that this bunch does not seem to care should raise alarm bells with all of us.


28 posted on 12/06/2011 6:44:28 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
LANSING, Mich. — Sparking outrage across the country’s rural heartland, the Obama administration is proposing rules to curb the ability of children on farms to engage in “corn sex” for pay.

I have lived in the midwest my entire life, with the exception of several business trips to the coasts. I have never heard corn detassling refered to as, "corn sex". In the first lines of the story we have some sort of strange, Faulkneresq image of children and a prurient activity. Give me a break and tell the truth. How anyone cannot see through the media's spin on each and every story they bring is way beyond me.
29 posted on 12/06/2011 6:50:19 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”

Daniel Webster


30 posted on 12/06/2011 7:15:08 AM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: DH

Another thing this does, is it cuts in half the number of years a kid can earn money for college. More federal college loans!


31 posted on 12/06/2011 7:23:27 AM PST by dnandell (I don't need no stinkin' tagline)
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To: DH
As a teenager, I helped bail hay on the floor of what is now Rathbun Lake in Appanoose County, Iowa. Hot, sweaty work for $1.00 or $1.25 an hour. The hay ground was near the Chariton River and always wet. Those square bails weighed 60 or 70 pounds. The hay was sold for bedding rather than feed. The grass had a sharp edge to it so long sleeves were mandatory...
32 posted on 12/06/2011 7:30:07 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: msrngtp2002

Yep, almost 50 years ago my future husband bagged groceries for tips at Ft. Carson, Colorado. He used the money to buy me an engagement ring.


33 posted on 12/06/2011 7:41:34 AM PST by Texan
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I detassled and walked beans when I was a teen. Early mornings were cool and wet, and the days were hot and steamy. Long-sleeved shirts and jeans were mandatory to prevent cuts from the sharp-edged leaves of corn.

I also detassled many years later after moving back to the US the summer before graduate school started. I still have that Dekalb hat they gave us crew leaders.

Obama forgets the entire purpose of schools having summer vacation. It was so farm kids could help out in the fields - hoeing, picking vegetables and cotton, baling hay, and detassling corn.

34 posted on 12/06/2011 8:39:35 AM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: VanShuyten
Did you Dekalb hat have the rocket powered ear of corn ?
35 posted on 12/06/2011 9:09:47 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Cincinatus’ Wife.


36 posted on 12/06/2011 11:33:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Nope. Just the flying ear.


37 posted on 12/08/2011 10:25:42 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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