Posted by: Ann Corcoran | April 27, 2012

Obama backs off family farm regulations (it is an election year)

Obama’s Labor Department pretty well ticked-off rural America with this one.  I told you about their attempt to restrict American kids from working on farms, here.  (Probably because they needed to make sure there are plenty of jobs for immigrant workers, legal and illegal.)

Now comes word that after pressure from Republicans (who, LOL!, want to kill farm kids), Obama is backing down.  You can be sure if he is elected to four more years, this will not be the end of this “ridiculous” rule-making.

Here is AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

Here is another good story on this at the Daily Caller.


  1. Score one for us red necks!

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