Skip to comments.Obama criticized in reversal on child farm-labor regulations
Posted on 04/29/2012 6:58:19 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
The Obama administrations move to scrap a plan that would prevent some children from working in dangerous farm jobs drew sharp rebukes Friday from child-welfare advocates who claim the president caved in to election-year pressure from farmers and Republicans.
The Labor Department spent more than a year working on the proposal to ban children younger than 16 from using power-driven farm equipment including tractors and prevent those under 18 from working in grain silos, feed lots and stockyards.
The goal was to protect children, who are four times more likely to be killed while performing farm work than those in all other industries combined.
But the proposal was routinely mocked in rural states such as Kansas and Montana, where farmers often have their kids do chores that can include operating heavy equipment.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said the government should not shirk its duty to keep working children safe.
I am disappointed that the administration chose to walk away from regulations that were, at their core, about protecting children and which could have been revised to correct some of the initial proposals that generated the most concern, Harkin said.
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...or have ever done farm chores?
There is only one goal; overwhelm the system.
Accidents happen. One of my sons-in-law has a job persuading farmers to install roll bars on their tractors. But farm jobs are extremely gratifying. Hard and demanding, but gratifying. When you finish the job, you can take satisfaction in it. And it is great training for life.
And family farms are the very basis of a strong and independent nation. That was true in the Roman Republic, and it has been true pretty much everywhere else that I know of.
Virgil’s Georgics gets it right.
I’m glad this was overturned, b/c we don’t own the whole farm, Mr. Cloverfarm’s parents own 3/4s of it.
Furthermore, it appears kids would not have been allowed to work with livestock including their own 4-H cows, heifers and horses.
That said, our kids work on the farm but WITH us. Middle son often rode shotgun with Grandpa, who could not get up and down off the tractor easily, and middle son would fix whatever needed fixing. That was precious time they spent together.
A lot of the issue is, kids will be kids. One of DD’s classmates was helping haul manure, jumped down, fell in front of a small (Thank God) spreader and ended up with multiple broken ribs. Another neighbor boy, same age as my youngest, went out to do chores — feed calves or something. He did not come in and the family found him in a collapsed pile of grain, suffocated. Apparently it looked like it had made a cave or a tunnel and when he crawled in to play or explore it collapsed.
We drove by that farm often on the way to church. The day after the accident his little bicycle was still out by the grain pile and that made me cry.
Our own kids have been kicked, stomped on, dragged and thrown by the livestock and had a number of falls, sprains, cuts and bruises (including a chain-saw kickback that ended up — thank God — being just a big long bloody scrape)
I’m glad we have angels watching over us.
As for those rules I think it was partially a good idea but badly thought out.
The dems want the jobs to go to mexican farm workers instead. Means more dem votes.
You’re all missing the problem. It’s not that farm kids might be injured, it’s that farm kids might grow up competent and self-reliant.
And that needs to be stamped out at all costs.
Hey Harkin, can you show that to me in the Constitution?
The government's only duty is to get out of the way and let the free market do its thing.
The child-welfare advocates sure didn't complain when he yielded to their election-year pressures.
It must be frightening to them to realize that they don't hold as much clout as they thought they did.
“Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said the government should not shirk its duty to keep working children safe. “
Maybe someday Iowans could through this communist fossil out on his fat ass for backing garbage like this. They’ll re-elect him en masse instead.
The more unpopular of Premier Hussein’s Marxist social regulations have been put on hold until the second term.
Then, Katie bar the door.
This was nothing more than another overreach socialist, RAT bastard demoRAT & 0dumb0shit power play that got shot down because of overplaying their hand. Fortunately even demoRAT legislators turned against 0dumbo on this one, as well as Repub legislators.
This was Øbama’s first attempt to collectivized farms so the Marxist can control food production.
Fed up yet, Iowa? Harkin has always put his politics before the state's best interest. I have never understood how this bastard keeps getting elected in Iowa.
Hmmmm. I wonder how many youths apply their training on farms to jobs later in life working for someone else who doesn't supervise them properly? When I was a youth, I learned how to drive a tractor at about 10, and was allowed to mow and rake hay at about the same age. My uncle and grandfather watched me at first, after giving me explicit directions. I learned to drive the family pickup truck to haul hay at about 13. Initially supervised until they were comfortable I wouldn't kill myself. So preventing youths from learning in this manner will result in fewer deaths? If allowed to propogate, this proposed law would reesult in far more injuries and deaths, ultimately, albeit at a later age.
What's next... not allowing children to ride horses until their date of maturity? They won't have anything left to do except play video games, watch MTV, and have sex. They won't have grown up with any sense of responsibility. This administration is batty!
And a work ethic.
Most of the kids I grew up with in rural Iowa got up before dawn to do their chores, ate breakfast and then went to school. They accomplished more before 7am than our union led teachers did in a full week.
These people left their children in body bags in an abortion clinic.
The article states that 300,000 children under 18 work on farms and there were 12 deaths. How many kids drowned in swimming pools or while practicing or playing football? Doesn't sound like there is a need for far reaching and meddlesome new government regulations. Maybe a bulletin from the Department of Agriculture stressing farm safety.
Since 1973, have 53 MILLION been killed in the US by farm equipment? That's how many babies have been murdered under Roe v Wade.
What, are you a shill for the administration or something?
We're all in agreement, here.
A whole lot more than have been killed by farm equipment.
Means farm equipment is not as dangerous as abortion, get it?