Poll: Should the U.S. Department of Labor try to restrict the kinds of jobs that can be performed by children under the age of 16 on farms?

Should the U.S. Department of Labor try to restrict the kinds of jobs that can be performed by children under the age of 16 on farms?

- Yes
- No
- Not sure

Number of votes: 143

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Dr. Mauck    
Sullivan, IL  |  February, 03, 2012 at 09:28 AM

That's the parents' job. Also, we don't need a Department of Labor, or Education, or Commerce, or... 90% of the rest of the Nanny State Big Brother behemoth that lords overs us.

betty stahl    
freeman,sd  |  February, 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM

What are these kids supposed to do if they can't work? That is why most kids get in trouble because they have nothing to do. What a silly law to bring up!!

NY  |  February, 03, 2012 at 09:33 AM

I remember when we were in WI. The kid down the road was working with a tractor with no ROPS and no seatbelt. Just 11 years old. Tractor rolled one day and that was the end of him. So who is to blame for that? The kid? Like I hear said, 'without self control there can be no self-government' If these accidents which are totally preventable happen too often, then mommy and daddy government must take the place of parents poor judgement.

John Maille    
Vermont  |  February, 03, 2012 at 04:58 PM

I too grew up on a Dairy Farm and many days learned the task of Farming, I would never regret what I did to help my parents and be part of a family business. So I say Government stay out of Peoples lives, let familys live in peace without government laws. We live in a free country, let it stay that way!

VT  |  February, 03, 2012 at 09:41 AM

My understanding is the DOL is not regulating what a parent allows his or her own children to do on the farm. The regulation is intended to protect non-family children from unsafe conditions. When you look at the statistics about deaths and injuries of children on farms or in agricultural facilities, it looks like parents and employers have not been managing these risks appropriately.

NY  |  February, 03, 2012 at 06:56 PM

I don't like the fact that government wants to get involved, but parents HAVE to take the time to educate children on farm safety. Too many times we 'think' our kids are ready for a task that they just simply aren't mentally or physically ready to deal with 'if' something goes wrong. These are when the accidents happen and NOONE likes to hear about farm accidents. If we all do our part to educate and monitor chores and activities on our farms then we can decrease accidents and then keep the government out of it!

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