Obama administration scraps plan to prevent some children from working in dangerous farm jobs
The Obama administration's move to scrap a plan that would prevent some children from working in dangerous farm jobs drew sharp rebukes Friday from child welfare advocates who claim the president caved to election-year pressure from farmers and Republicans.
The Labor Department spent more than a year working on the proposal to ban children younger than 16 from using power-driven farm equipment - including tractors - and prevent those under 18 from working in grain silos, feed lots and stockyards.
Labor officials tried to avoid controversy by specifically excluding children who worked on their parents' farms. But the proposal became a popular political target for Republicans who called it an impractical, heavy-handed regulation that ignored the reality of small farms.
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Obama Administration Scraps Plan To Prevent Some Children From Working In Dangerous Farm Jobs
I still remember my father teaching me to drive a Farmall H tractor to rake hay when I was 8 years old. I guess he was truly evil for teaching me to do that at such a young age. I was also pretty young when I learned to milk cows, fire a shotgun and rifle, ride a horse, use a chainsaw (oh the horror of it all). Now I am NOT going to get on my soapbox and say those aren't dangerous things. They are, or at least they can be, but I lived through it.