President Obama's Child Farm Labor Bill

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President Obama wanted to pass a bill that would prevent young farm workers from participating in farm-related activities and chores. Billed as an anti-child labor act, the bill was quickly censured. As Leven puts it, "the proposal drew heavy criticism from rural-state lawmakers and agricultural leaders, who cast the rule as government overreach that would erode the traditional American family." The traditional American family in this case is a rural one, which is an under-represented segment of the population in federal politics. In addition to the way the bill harms traditional rural life, it would also have significantly harmed the American economy at a time when the economy needs a boost. Farm families rely on a continuity of labor, so that the young people on the family can learn the trade as early as possible to support their future careers. Moreover, the bill represents an unnecessary encroachment of both the government and big labor on farming practices. Part of the bill's provision was to create a government intervention to oversee occupational safety, when there are already independent organizations committed to meeting the same objectives. President Obama's proposed child farm labor bill was untenable because it would damage traditional rural family life; harm a significant part of the American economy; and enable government and big labor to intrude upon the lives of Americans. President Obama's child farm labor bill "would apply child labor laws to children
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