Those of us who as kids drove a tractor, rode a plow or shoveled coal in a furnace know how hard work on a family farm teaches a strong work ethic, as Ghost of John Brown pointed out Wednesday in an IR column. When the Obama Administration's proposed to ban kids from most of the work they now do on Midwestern farms, the outrage was heard coast to coast. So much so, the power-that-be withdrew their plans Thursday. So, back out in those fields, kids.
Under pressure from farming advocates in rural communities, and following a report by The Daily Caller, the Obama administration withdrew a proposed rule Thursday that would have applied child labor laws to family farms.
Critics complained that the regulation would have drastically changed the extent to which children could work on farms owned by family members. The U.S. Department of Labor cited public outcry as the reason for withdrawing the rule.
“The decision to withdraw this rule — including provisions to define the ‘parental exemption’ — was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms,” the Department said in a press release Thursday evening. “To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration.”