Down on the Farm

by Steve on April 25, 2012

More help from Big Government:

A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm  chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress.  But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.

Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing,  marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”

Which, in suburban terms, means the kids can’t do anything on the farm actually related to farming. What’s left? If we take the “family” out of family farm, we’re done. I grew up driving tractors, baling hay, harvesting crops, repairing equipment, and mowing grass (lots of grass) on our farm that we worked on the weekends we escaped from suburbia and I’m far better for it. Yes there were dangers involved and it was up to my parents, not the Federal, to decide when I was ready to tackle the big jobs.

Work ethic, responsibility, accountability – farm kids learn this stuff at an early age and we are to believe that this is a bad thing they must be protected from?

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