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Maine’s governor wants to make it easier for children to work
Washington Post ^ | January 8 at 10:41 am | Niraj Chokshi

Posted on 01/11/2014 6:41:34 AM PST by Olog-hai

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Tuesday that state regulations governing child labor are hurting the state’s economy, according to the Portland Press Herald.

“We don’t allow children to work until they’re 16, but two years later, when they’re 18, they can go to war and fight for us,” LePage said at an agricultural trade show, according to the paper. “That’s causing damage to our economy. I started working far earlier than that, and it didn’t hurt me at all. There is nothing wrong with being a paperboy at 12 years old, or at a store sorting bottles at 12 years old.” …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: childlabor; lazykids; paullepage; rationality

1 posted on 01/11/2014 6:41:34 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Good, however unions are going to go nuts-o


2 posted on 01/11/2014 6:47:24 AM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Olog-hai

Funny. The WaPo should say the opposite when writing about increases in the minimum wage.


3 posted on 01/11/2014 7:03:59 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Olog-hai

I had a paper route by 10 years old. I even had to go collect my own fees, which was good in a way because I’d get tips. The downside was trying to catch people at home.

Rain, hail, sleet, snow, wind, you name it, I went out and did it. Learned work ethics.


4 posted on 01/11/2014 7:04:24 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Olog-hai

Governor Lepage has been causing liberals, progressive, socialists, communists and democrats to wet their pants and explode their poorly formed minds for over 20 years. Good work, governor!

At the age of 7 I worked on local farm in Ft. Fairfield, Maine, picking potatoes.

At the age of 11, my younger brother and I worked on a horse farm in Arizona.

In the seventh grade I took over my first paper route. And I’ve been working fulltime or parttime at one thing or another ever since.

Only once did I work in a family business. According to most state and federal labor laws, starting to work at age 7 for a non-family business is now illegal.

Keep up the good work, governor.


5 posted on 01/11/2014 7:05:02 AM PST by Tudorfly
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To: Olog-hai

Very good idea......especially considering the difficulty in getting a lot of teens to go to work!!!


6 posted on 01/11/2014 7:06:05 AM PST by ontap
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To: ontap

The difficulty comes in part because government has forced society to wait until they are sixteen.

If you wait until sixteen to start teaching foreign languages, how good a linguist does that produce?

Anyone who thinks a work ethic is easier or less important to produce than linguistic facility really doesn’t think clearly.


7 posted on 01/11/2014 7:12:55 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd

Clear thinking is not a strong trait of liberals, progressives, etc.


8 posted on 01/11/2014 7:18:49 AM PST by Tudorfly
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To: Olog-hai

Children are anyone under 26 in the eyes of libs.


9 posted on 01/11/2014 7:21:19 AM PST by DungeonMaster
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To: DungeonMaster

The way they’re going, children will end up being anyone under 40. If they live that long . . .


10 posted on 01/11/2014 7:23:08 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I thank god everyday that this is my governor! Here’s hoping Elliot Cuttler pulls enough votes from the democrat to ensure LaPage a second term!!!!


11 posted on 01/11/2014 7:24:20 AM PST by qman (The communist usurper must go!)
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To: Olog-hai

I worked starting when I was 8 (family business, odd jobs in the neighborhood).


12 posted on 01/11/2014 7:24:53 AM PST by oblomov
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To: Tudorfly

Picked many potatoes in Aroostook County before I was 16. 25 cents a barrel, and 5 cents a barrel bonus if you stayed for the whole harvest.


13 posted on 01/11/2014 7:36:46 AM PST by abclily
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To: Olog-hai

Washington’s Continental Army drummer boys were as young as 9 years old. Maybe even younger.

They were called “Drummer Boys” because they were boys.


14 posted on 01/11/2014 7:38:35 AM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: DungeonMaster
Children are anyone under 26 in the eyes of libs.

Pajama boy. Lounging around in his pajamas at 26 and dreaming of socialized medicine.

15 posted on 01/11/2014 7:44:06 AM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Olog-hai
The way they’re going, children will end up being anyone under 40. If they live that long . . .

Wow, combine that with the liberal idea of post birth abortion....

16 posted on 01/11/2014 7:45:05 AM PST by DungeonMaster
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To: P-Marlowe

17 posted on 01/11/2014 7:47:28 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: P-Marlowe; newgeezer
Pajama boy. Lounging around in his pajamas at 26 and dreaming of socialized medicine.

Slipping on a robe only to adjust his solar panels. When you're home all day it's a lot easier to maximize solar collection. This reduces solar panel payback time from 40 to only 30 years. That's when pajama boy gets to retire!!!

18 posted on 01/11/2014 7:50:50 AM PST by DungeonMaster
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To: svcw

The Governor has done a good job this past year winning back some of his shaky supporters. He kind of lost me with the vasoline comment, but I’m back on board.


19 posted on 01/11/2014 7:54:11 AM PST by pithyinme (Oh great 3 more years of crap to wade through....)
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To: DungeonMaster

AKA “fourth-trimester” abortion. Even when babies make it out of the womb after a natural birth, these unnatural people consider them “potential persons” . . .


20 posted on 01/11/2014 7:55:45 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: JoeProBono

Arrgh. Reduce to thumbnail size . . .


21 posted on 01/11/2014 7:56:50 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

22 posted on 01/11/2014 8:05:12 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Olog-hai
AKA “fourth-trimester” abortion. Even when babies make it out of the womb after a natural birth, these unnatural people consider them “potential persons” . . .

I learned from a youtube video about Nazis that they also killed off kids that were deemed unfit.

23 posted on 01/11/2014 8:08:26 AM PST by DungeonMaster
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To: Olog-hai

I started working at seven years old operating yard cranes, forklifts, stacking steel structural salvage, pipe, and other configurations in my father’s steelyard. Some bumps, and bruises, but nothing serious. I learned work ethic, and haven’t stopped to this day even as a retired ol’ fart.

I think every kid should have the opportunity to learn responsibility early on. They’d appreciate what they have one ‘H’ of a lot more, and stay the ‘H’ out of trouble.


24 posted on 01/11/2014 8:14:28 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: rockinqsranch

Family-owned business?

The mantra of Marxism is “abolition of the family”. Problem is, the family is the basic unit of society, and society collapses without them.


25 posted on 01/11/2014 8:18:01 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: qman

He’s my Governor, too. Love the guy! He’s VERY strong on the Second Amendment, another great thing about him.

I voted for him in 2010 and am looking forward to voting for him again this November.


26 posted on 01/11/2014 8:55:16 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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To: Olog-hai

LePage is the best. Unfortunately, he’ll have a hard time getting re-elected. Maine has gone moonbat, like the rest of the Northeast.


27 posted on 01/11/2014 8:58:38 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Olog-hai

Got my first job when I was 13, been employed steadily ever since, except for one summer, I think when I was 15.

All through college, worked part time to pay bills...Nothing but good experience for kids.


28 posted on 01/11/2014 9:01:50 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Olog-hai

Texas allows kids to start in the labor force at 14 but there are more restrictions (can’t climb ladders) on them than 16 yr olds.


29 posted on 01/11/2014 9:09:53 AM PST by bgill
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To: Olog-hai

I can’t say I disagree with him but I’m sure the left is lining up pics of central American sweat shops.

Here in Michigan one of our democrats wants to prevent teens from having driver’s licenses if they quit school. I say they should be able to quit school and get a driver’s license as long as they get a GED and a job.


30 posted on 01/11/2014 9:27:25 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Bulwyf
I had a paper route by 10 years old.

As did my older brother and I. But I really hated doing deliveries in Minneapolis on Sunday morning, in the winter, just after 8 inches of snow. I also mowed lawns in the summer, raked leaves in the fall, and shoveled sidewalks in the winter. We didn't get an 'allowance', we worked for it.

31 posted on 01/11/2014 9:39:48 AM PST by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: Traveler59

You did papers in the snow?! Oh no! the horror! I’m Canadian, I feel your pain. I’m poking fun, I get the snow obviously being up north.

Same as you, I never had an allowance either. If I wanted clothes, or a bike or anything, I had to save for it with my own money and buy it. It’s sure a good lesson in what cash is worth.

On a side note I once dated an American cop from the twin cities, she last worked in Winthrop last I heard, but it wasn’t meant to be.


32 posted on 01/11/2014 9:55:24 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Traveler59; All

I was given my first job at 13 at a computer shop, doing filing. I had to simply file papers into a filing cabinet in alphabetical order.

But I quickly moved up to the workbench, and at age 14 was building computers on weekends, my weekends, days off, and afterschool were spent building computers.

At age 18 I graduated highschool and looked for other work. I worked in a kitchen (As typical for an 18 year old) but I did computer work on the side. This is 1994.

at age 19 I broke into my own business as a computer technician and consultant. I ran my own company until I was offered permanent position at my dream job of Yale University. Head of helpdesk at age 26. Stayed for a few years, and then left to go back into business for myself.

It wasn’t college that helped me do this. It was working at a young age doing stupid things that turned into better things. It gave me a HUGE advantage in the marketplace, and I think that employment at young ages does nothing but help.


33 posted on 01/11/2014 9:55:56 AM PST by Celerity
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To: Bulwyf

Amen, brother!

My first job was as a Washington Post paperboy ... ooops second was as a WaPo paperboy at 11. First was a Silver Spring Md local afternoon paper when I was 10 years old.

I delivered the morning paper in DC and later in Macon GA for 7 years until I got a cushy job as a Kroger bag boy, cashier & produce assistant.


34 posted on 01/11/2014 10:17:31 AM PST by BwanaNdege
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