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(The Nation)   Obama reintroduces child labor to save the US economy   ( divider line
    More: Dumbass, child labour, Obama, United States, occupational injury, wood chopping, Dodge Ram, Fair Labor Standards Act, Department of Labor  
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1607 clicks; posted to Politics » on 19 Nov 2013 at 9:33 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-11-19 09:54:49 AM  
3 votes:
No regulations were repealed -- they blocked the implementation of new regulations.

/actually read the article
2013-11-19 06:57:15 PM  
1 vote:
If only parents had the ability to tell their kids that they shouldn't do certain activities.
2013-11-19 01:13:12 PM  
1 vote:
First off, the regulations were not approved.

Second off, the tragic story the article starts off with and spends the most time on is completely misleading in context of the actual laws on the books.

Agricultural labor is more permissive for kids not because we don't care about kids, but because THEY ARE GOING TO DO IT ANYWAY.  The vast majority of kids working in agriculture are family members, and they're going to be helping mom or dad or uncle larry no matter what just because that's what the family needs.  This exception in federal labor regulations doesn't expose them to any more risk than what they were going to be exposed to anyway - the only thing it does is it allows them to be paid.
2013-11-19 12:03:08 PM  
1 vote:
I like how they jump to blame Obama for the fact that they were allowing their underage son to perform dangerous jobs.
2013-11-19 10:13:28 AM  
1 vote:

MFK: This sucks.

This is a terrible reminder of why those regulations were there in the first place. Regulations are not implemented to be a "burden on business or commerce" even though they sometimes are just that. Regulations are there because somebody farked up and farked up so bad that they had to pass a law to make sure that other people didn't make the same farkup.  Even innocuous sounding things like "why won't Obama let kids help out on the farm?" That got traction and on its face seemed harmless enough for Obama to relax these regulations, but here we are again with more dead kids because in reality, "helping out on the farm" can be dangerous to children. Thanks GOP.

And yet, I look at the article and see nothing but breathless, pointless hyperbole.

The people who need to learn from this will learn nothing. Gun violence? An isolated incident, to be tolerated because  Freedom!™. Utter and complete lack of preparedness in the face of natural disasters? Come on, how often do  those happen, and being prepared  all the time would just cost  way too much. Preventative medicine? Why, when there's nothing wrong with me now? Poverty? Clearly those people are  lazy, or  stupid because they're working sixty hours a week in the  wrong jobs lol! Children risking their lives on dangerous jobs? Well, if it doesn't kill them, they come away with valuable job experience, so there's that.

And the rest of us ...tolerate these attitudes for some reason. Oh sure, we don't like them, but we never develop a  proper hate for the people that espouse such things and we're far too well-mannered to voice them. Not that we think confronting them will do any good anyway.

So dead kids? One more straw on the stack of hay bales that all but obscures the greasy flat spot where there once stood a camel. I'm coming to accept it as a necessary cost of living among such people.
2013-11-19 09:53:55 AM  
1 vote:
Yeah, because farmers in the Midwest weren't paying 15 year olds to drive old IH's at all before this regulation was revoked.

Christ, the Mennonites in Kansas sometimes have to strap wooden blocks to the feet of their kids so they can reach the pedals of the wheat trucks during harvest.
2013-11-19 09:45:45 AM  
1 vote:
Even if there were strict laws against it, farmers would still salt the earth with underage body parts. Cuz that's how they roll.

/city boy
//talkin outta my rectum
///this is fartbongo's Katrina
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