A recent proposal from the Obama administration has drawn much criticism from the public eye, as well as from Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. On Thursday, Ron Paul released a statement regarding his feelings about the controversial proposal that would prevent children from working on farms.
“The Department of Labor’s plan to issue new regulations applying child labor laws to family farms is an outrageous assault on America’s farmers. My parents were dairy farmers who required me and my brothers to help out on the farm. I certainly benefited from this experience, and, as a Representative of a congressional district containing a large number of farmers, I have had the opportunity to meet many farmers who learned about their profession by doing chores on their parents’ farms. Working on a family farm also provides a tremendous opportunity to form a strong work ethic that these children will carry through the rest of their lives.”
Under the rule that the Department of Labor is currently putting the finishing touches on, children under 18 could no longer work in the marketing, storing, or transportation 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.”
Congressman Ron Paul claims this would effectively outlaw chores.
“Thanks to the Obama Administration, future generations of children will be deprived of these experiences.
“Now that the federal government is planning to, for all intents and purposes, outlaw chores on the farm, I wonder when the Department of Labor will forbid parents from requiring children to make their beds, clean their rooms, or set the table for dinner. The founding fathers would be outraged to see the federal government attempting to prevent children from helping their parents on their farms. If the American people select me as their next President, I will put an end to these regulations on my first day in office.”
Many worry that his will stop children from joining clubs like the 4-H and Future Farmers of America. These clubs would also lose the government’s approval of their safety and training courses. These courses would be replaced by a 90-hour federal government training course.
Congressman Paul finishes by emphasizing the need for Americans to focus on small business now, more than ever.
“Under my ‘Plan to Restore America,’ I will use my constitutional authority as President to impose a moratorium on any new federal regulations. My Plan also reduces spending by $1 trillion in the first year of my presidency and balances the budget by my third year, while providing much-needed tax relief to the American people. This will put more money back in the pockets of hard-working Americans, like those who provide vital goods by running family farms.
“Out of all the candidates seeking the presidential nomination of a major party, I am the only one with a record of consistently opposing all unconstitutional, job-destroying regulations. I urge all Americans who wish to free their businesses and their families from the grip of the regulatory state to join my campaign to Restore America Now.”
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