Child Labor, ..and the Obama administration?

 

I’m in charge, I know what’s best for America, ..and what is best for America is for the American farmers is to keep their children in the house in front of the television screen playing a videogame or watching cartoons, ..so when they grow up they will be mindless enough to elect a man like me who has promised the undocumented Hispanic community a job in America, ..but if your kids are doing the jobs, ..I can’t keep my promise.

(Sidebar) Ya gotta love a man with an agenda. 

Department of Labor to forbid children doing work on family farms… 

Patrick Richardson
The Daily Caller
Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:51 CDT’

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.

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” August 31 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.

 

Hilda Lucia Solis, born October 20, 1957) is the 25th United States Secretary of Labor, serving in the Obama administration. She is a member of the Democratic Party and served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009, representing the 31st and 32nd. congressional districts of California that include East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.

Solis was raised in La Puente, California by immigrant parents from Nicaragua and Mexico. She gained degrees from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) and the University of Southern California (USC) and worked for two federal agencies in Washington, D.C. Returning to her native state, she was elected to the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees in 1985, the California State Assembly in 1992, and the California State Senate in 1994. She was the first Hispanic woman to serve in the State Senate, and was reelected there in 1998. She became known for her work toward “environmental justice” and was the first female recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000.

Question: Environmental justice? What is environmental justice? Are trees, rocks, dirt and streams voting and paying taxes now?

Continuing…

Solis defeated a long-time Democratic incumbent as part of getting elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, where she focused mainly on labor causes and environmental work.

She was reelected easily to four subsequent terms.

(Sidebar) Talk about a “Rallying Cry” for term limits!

“Remember Hilda”

Continuing…

In December 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Solis as the next United States Secretary of Labor. She took office after being confirmed by the United States Senate in February 2009, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet.

Question: Why do individuals that achieve the rank of “self-reliance” through “personal endeavor” feel that “it’s a good idea” to deny the process to others?

Continuing…

Rossie Blinson, a 21-year-old college student from Buis Creek, N.C., told The Daily Caller that the federal government’s plan will do far more harm than good.

“The main concern I have is that it would prevent kids from doing 4-H and FFA projects if they’re not at their parents’ house,” said Blinson.

“I started showing sheep when I was four years old. I started with cattle around 8. It’s been very important. I learned a lot of responsibility being a farm kid.”

(Sidebar) In case you haven’t noticed, “responsibility” is not Barack Obama’s long suit.

Continuing…

In Kansas, Cherokee County Farm Bureau president Jeff Clark was out in the field – literally on a tractor – when The Daily Caller reached him. He said if Solis’s regulations are implemented, farming families’ labor losses from their children will only be part of the problem.

“What would be more of a blow,” he said, “is not teaching our kids the values of working on a farm.”

(Sidebar) To find someone in Washington D.C. that would actually care about whether kids learned the “value of working,” would depend on finding someone in Washington D.C., ..who learned the value of working themselves.

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average age of the American farmer is now over 50.

“Losing that work-ethic – it’s so hard to pick this up later in life,” Clark said. “There’s other ways to learn how to farm, but it’s so hard. You can learn so much more working on the farm when you’re 12, 13, 14 years old.”

John Weber, 19, understands this. The Minneapolis native grew up in suburbia and learned the livestock business working summers on his relatives’ farm.

He’s now a college Agriculture major.

“I started working on my grandparent’s and uncle’s farms for a couple of weeks in the summer when I was 12,” Weber told The Daily Caller. “I started spending full summers there when I was 13.”

“The work ethic is a huge part of it. It gave me a lot of direction and opportunity in my life. If they do this it will prevent a lot of interest in agriculture. It’s harder to get a 16 year-old interested in farming than a 12 year old.”

Weber is also a small businessman. In high school, he said, he took out a loan and bought a few steers to raise for income. “Under these regulations,” he explained, “I wouldn’t be allowed to do that.”

In February the Labor Department seemingly backed away from what many had called an unrealistic reach into farmers’ families, reopening the public comment period on a section of the regulations designed to give parents an exemption for their own children.

But U.S. farmers’ largest trade group is unimpressed.

“American Farm Bureau does not view that as a victory,” said Kristi Boswell, a labor specialist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. “It’s a misconception that they have backed off on the parental exemption.”

Boswell chafed at the government’s rationale for bringing farms strictly into line with child-labor laws.

“They have said the number of injuries are higher for children than in non-ag industries,” she said. But everyone in agriculture, Boswell insisted, “makes sure youth work in tasks that are age-appropriate.”

The safety training requirements strike many in agriculture as particularly strange, given an injury rate among young people that is already falling rapidly.

According to a United States Department of Agriculture study, farm accidents among youth fell nearly 40 percent between 2001 and 2009, to 7.2 injuries per 1,000 farms.

Clark said the regulations are vague and meddlesome.

(Sidebar) For those of you that haven’t noticed, ..everything the Obama administration does is vague and meddlesome.

Continuing…

“It’s so far-reaching,” he exclaimed, “kids would be prohibited from working on anything ‘power take-off’ driven, and anything with a work-height over six feet – which would include the tractor I’m on now.”

The way the regulations are currently written, he added, would prohibit children under 16 from using battery powered screwdrivers, since their motors, like those of a tractor, are defined as “power take-off driven.”

And jobs that could “inflict pain on an animal” would also be off-limits for kids. But “inflicting pain,” Clark explained, is left undefined: If it included something like putting a halter on a steer, 4-H and FFA animal shows would be a thing of the past.

In a letter to The Department of Labor in December, Montana Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg complained that the animal provision would also mean young people couldn’t “see” veterinary medicine in practice … including a veterinarian’s own children accompanying him or her to a farm or ranch.”

Boswell told The Daily Caller that the new farming regulations could be finalized as early as August. She claimed farmers could soon find The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division inspectors on their land, citing them for violations.

“In the last three years that division has grown 30 to 40 percent,” Boswell said. Some Farm Bureau members, she added, have had inspectors on their land checking on conditions for migrant workers, only to be cited for allowing their own children to perform chores that the Labor Department didn’t think were age-appropriate.

(Sidebar) Beware of the man who says; “Hello, ..I’m from the government, ..and I’m here to help you.

Continuing…

It’s something Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran believes simply shouldn’t happen.

During a March 14 hearing, Moran blasted Hilda Solis for getting between rural parents and their children.

“The consequences of the things that you put in your regulations lack common sense,” Moran said.

“And in my view, if the federal government can regulate the kind of relationship between parents and their children on their own family’s farm, ..there is almost “nothing off-limits” in which we see the federal government intruding in a way of life.”

The Department of Labor did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

 Never set foot on a Farm

According to Webster: la·bor, Physical or mental exertion, especially when difficult or exhausting; work.

Editorial: On April 14 of this year I wrote a Blog entitled “Obesity and the White House.” Which detailed the first lady, Michelle Obama’s desire to get America’s children up off their back sides and into an outdoor activity, centering on the White House garden.

What is Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Program?

 

The First Lady, Michelle Obama, decided to use her influential position to help create and promote a program that could potentially take a massive step in the right direction for controlling the childhood obesity epidemic.

The “Let’s Move” program has the First Lady, pop stars, large corporations, healthcare providers, and most importantly, schools all supporting the cause.

Let’s Move encourages a healthier diet in and out of school, better food labeling, and increased daily physical activity for children.

Let’s Move strives to get the entire community involved to promote a healthy lifestyle and fun physical activities including being active in the community, in school, and with family.

The combination of healthy food choices and physical activity is what Task Force on Childhood Obesity has stated as the best strategy for tackling the epidemic.

Let’s Move – 5 Simple Steps

  1. Move Everyday: A minimum of 60 total minutes of physical activity per day for every single kid will get them moving in the right direction. They will feel better, be less stressed, more attentive in school, and get a better night sleep, all because of one hour of physical activity.
  2. Try a New Fruit or Veggie: There are thousands of fruits and vegetables available that most kids have never tried. Fruits and veggies are vital for a healthy diet and kids can have more fun eating them by trying new things. Let the child come grocery shopping and pick out their own fruits and veggies to try, turning a healthy lifestyle into something fun for them. Challenge the kids to make the most colorful salad possible which will increase the amount of nutrients they will get from it.
  3. Drink Lots of Water: Stop stocking the house with soda and increase the consumption of water. Only purchase 100% real fruit juice. If the kids want something similar to a soda then add a splash of juice into some sparkling water.
  4. Do Jumping Jacks to Break up TV Time: The statistics for how much television kids watch per day is sickening but is also a good opportunity to make some big changes. TV has a lot of negative side effects, but those can be stymied by doing jumping jacks during commercial breaks and in between shows. Same thing goes for kids that spend all day on the computer, have them run up and down the stairs, do sit-ups or push-ups, stretch, or come up with their own physical activities to break up the time in front of a computer screen.
  5. Help Make Dinner: Plan the daily dinner menu with the kids and have them help decide and do the shopping with you. If it is a made into a fun experience that they have control over, they will not just learn about making healthy choices, they will be excited to do so.

Staying Active

  • With the Family: The family has the largest influence on the child’s lifestyle and could easily plan a fun active hobby or daily activity that kids will be excited to do when they come home from school. A few ideas include giving the kids toys that promote moving such as balls, kites, and jump ropes, encourage kids to join a sports team, create a family park day a few days per week, and even make some house rules like no sitting still during TV commercials.
  • At School: Schools have an amazing opportunity to both teach the kids about the importance of physical activity and also let the kids be active with all of their friends. The most effective way to promote activity at school is through a strong P.E. program where 50% of the class time is spent doing vigorous activity. The programs should have a variety of options for kids and should be a fun environment rather than a forced exercise regime. They will burn twice the calories when they are having fun and are more likely to transfer over the daily school activity habits into their lifestyle.
  • In the Community: The entire community should get involved in helping to reduce childhood obesity. The community could dedicate some funds to building and improving parks and playgrounds, creating safe trails for kids, and getting the kids involved in outdoor environmental programs.

All great ideas… As were the Obama’s personal White House chefs Sam Kass’s ideas in an interview with Newsmax’s Kathleen Walter. In which Mr. Kass outlined and revered Michelle Obama’s decision to plant the first garden on the White House grounds since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory garden in the 1940s. Following is a quote from Mr. Kass’s interview with Catherine Walter;

“The greatest thing we’ve seen in the first lady’s garden is beyond just having fresh accessible food from a garden. Maybe the most powerful part is what kids learn from it and how their minds are opened up to try new things when they play a role in planting something, or preparing something,” Kass said.”

Question: Do you think the Obama’s will come to understand that it is not their job to “CONTROL” America and it’s population?

Fact: Hundreds of thousands of gererations of Homo sapiens survived the rigors of life prior to “the Obama’s” occupation of the White House, ..or the Earth.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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