I believe Congress must be held accountable for the impact of their laws on our economy. New rules and regulations that kill jobs and hurt small businesses must be offset by the repeal of regulations that help create an equal number of free market jobs and opportunities.
My mom’s mother died when she was 2 years old. My Aunt Gertrude and Uncle Leslie Nottingham were my “grandparents”, and I grew up around our 800-1200 cow dairy farm in “Dairyland”, Artesia, California. That’s Uncle Les and his cows; that’s me on the hay, far left with the dark hair. Life on the dairy farm was an important part of my childhood. Now our federal government threatens to intrude on our lives yet again with bureaucratic, regulatory overreach. I will stop the nonsense. -e
(ORANGE COUNTY, CA) – According to the Daily Caller, 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. Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”
“Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”
The new regulations, first proposed last fall 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.
Elizabeth Emken, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in California, issued the following statement in response:
“I find it hard to believe that the federal government doesn’t have more important things to do than to reach into America’s farming community and restrict children from providing much needed assistance for family farms. Even more disturbing is the proposal to revoke safety training provided by 4-H and FFA that have been a hallmark of farming education for generations and place it in the hands of government bureaucrats.
“Growing up on a dairy farm in Southern California, I learned first hand the importance of developing a strong work ethic and the value of self-sufficiency. Whoever thought that government needed to step in and dictate how farm families should raise their children is a couple of eggs short of a full carton.”