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The Feds' Intrusions Into American Farms and Families

John460 Wrote: May 15, 2012 12:46 PM
This more than just about the kids helping their parents run their farms. I picked tobacco for a summer when I was 14 years old. It certainly was a motivating factor for me in studying hard so I wouldn't have to make something like that my career. If I didn't have that opportunity I probably would have sat on my duff the entire summer instead.
3129 Wrote: May 15, 2012 4:58 PM
After my first summer working on a cattle ranch, (yes I got hurt routinely), my mother told me to go to college or I would be doing that kind of work for the rest of my life. So now I have a law degree and a State govt. job that pays less than my daughter earned as an E-5 in Afghanistan. Go figure.

With Mother's Day right at our back, I want to address one of the most extreme overreaches by the federal government into American homes that I've seen in a long time. Then I want to call on my own 91-year-old mother, who was raised in rural Oklahoma and worked in cotton fields with her family during the Great Depression, to help set straight the rural farm and child labor record.

After a national decry by American farmers (and all of us who support them), the Obama administration has just shelved its plan to severely restrict kids younger than 16 from working...