I grew up in rural California and Colorado. That meant that many of my friends grew up on farms, orchards and ranches. They all worked hard and they were all the better for it. So of course the Obama Administration is proposing to ban family farm life:
A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.
The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.
Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”
Given the demise of the family farm as it is, I'm not entirely sure how many people this would hurt. Still, what a horrible reminder of the government's size and scope. It's not getting better, it's getting much worse. The regulatory state threatens us all.