Governor Palin: If I Wanted America to Fail, I’d Ban Kids From Farm Work

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

The Obama Administration is working on regulations that would prevent children from working on our own family farms. This is more overreach of the federal government with many negative consequences. And if you think the government’s new regs will stop at family farms, think again.

My family is a commercial fishing family, and commercial fishing in Alaska is much like the family farm (but the year 'round farmers no doubt work harder than we do!). I guarantee fishing families wouldn’t stand for this nonsensical intrusion into our lives and livelihoods, and, as a former 4-H member, I don’t believe farm families will either. Our kids learn to work and to help feed America on our nation’s farms, and out on the water.

Federal government: get your own house in order and stop interfering in ours.

- Sarah Palin



Anonymous,  April 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM  

“The proposed regulations would not apply to children working on farms owned by their parents”, says the Labor Department press release from last August announcing publication of the proposed law revisions in the Federal Register.

Kids CAN work on their own family's farm and subject themselves to the risk of working around dangerous machinery. They are exempt from this rule. The law is designed to prevent them from hiring outside employees under the age of 16 and to protect them from possible harm on the job.

I think Mrs. Palin has misspoken and apparently doesn't see huge Confined Animal Feedlot Operations, she doesn't see the sludge ponds of waste from the CAFO's, she doesn't see the huge equipment that is used such as harvesters and thresher machines. She can't understand how many chemicals such as anti-biotics, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, machine lubricants, fuels, etc. etc. etc. All these things that make modern industrial farming a very hazardous occupation for grownups much less children.

Adrienne Ross April 27, 2012 at 6:36 PM  

Actually, yes, it would affect children working on their own family farms, as well as participating in 4H. The bottom line is it's a massive overreach of the federal government:

Thankfully, due to public outcry, the Obama administration has come to its senses on the issue:

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