Thursday, April 26, 2012

Obama Flip Flops On Banning Farm Kids From Working

Apparently Barack Obama got a hint from some of his political advisers just how much animus he stirred up in rural America in response to his big brother government plan to ban children from working on their parent's farm. The emotions stirred up by this proposal was unprecedented. Obama is now backtracking and withdrawing the proposed rule change.

Under heavy pressure from farm groups, the Obama administration said Thursday it would drop an unpopular plan to prevent children from doing hazardous work on farms owned by anyone other than their parents.
The Labor Department said it is withdrawing proposed rules that would ban children younger than 16 from using most power-driven farm equipment, including tractors. The rules also would prevent those younger than 18 from working in feed lots, grain bins and stockyards.
While labor officials said their goal was to reduce the fatality rate for child farm workers, the proposal had become a popular political target for Republicans who called it an impractical, heavy-handed regulation that ignored the reality of small farms.
"It's good the Labor Department rethought the ridiculous regulations it was going to stick on farmers and their families," said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. "To even propose such regulations defies common sense, and shows a real lack of understanding as to how the family farm works." . . .

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., a grain farmer known to till his fields on weekends away from Washington, had come out strongly against the proposed rule. The Democrat continued to criticize the Obama administration rule even after it was tempered earlier this year, saying the Labor Department "clearly didn't get the whole message" from Montana's farmers and ranchers.

Tester, who is in a tough race for re-election, on Thursday praised the decision to withdraw the rule and said he would fight "any measure that threatens that heritage and our rural way of life."

1 comment:

hmpinney said...

meddlesome thuggish obama and company should leave our wholesome patriotic farm kids alone and concentrate on lowering the death and injury rates of chicago youths from drugs and gang wars.