Backlash over Labor Department’s decision to drop underage family farm labor rule
As many across the heartland applauded the decision, some human-rights activists had harsh words for the Labor Departments withdrawal last week of a proposal for stricter labor standards for youth who work on the nations family farms.
The Obama administration had sought rule changes that would have banned children younger than 16 from what it describe as hazardous work including use of some farm equipment including tractors as well as prevent those younger than 18 from working in stockyards, grain bins and on feed lots.
But a backlash from across the farm belt, including some key Democratic lawmakers, scotched the plan.
They had no business coming up with this garbage. This nose-under-the-tent move was going to be the next step in driving up costs and lowering the number of people qualified to do this type of work. Anyone notice how nearly every agency (justice, education, energy, TSA) LOWERS the quality/availability of whatever it's named after?
Shut 'em down.