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“What would be more of a blow is not teaching our kids the values of working on a farm.”

Oh, but dear...that's the point, isn't it?

At the Daily Caller:

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.”
 
“Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”
 
The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course...
We wouldn't want people to be self-reliant now, would we?
 

Notes from a Blogger Holiday

My co-blogger and I took some time this week to poke around Allegany County.  This is the week of their fair, and we dropped in on the horse pull competition. We found that some farmers are pretty handy at moving seemingly intractable forces.  The competition purses weren't very large, so it clearly isn't just the money that motivates them.

Just sayin'.

Lions of the Senate.

I'm telling you, fellow (elected) Republicans—we're watching.

As always, good stuff at Day by Day:

In Sunday-evening surprise, Senate unanimously passes food safety bill

Remember this? Now, from the Hill:

The Senate unexpectedly approved food safety legislation by unanimous consent Sunday evening, rescuing a bill that floated in limbo for weeks because of a clerical error....

....Democrats first attempted to attach the food safety bill to the two-and-a-half-month spending measure but Republicans balked because they wanted to keep that measure clean, according to Senate aides....
....Republicans, however, later agreed to pass it by unanimous consent....
....Sen. Tom Coburn, the outspoken conservative Republican from Oklahoma, had been blocking the legislation. He lifted his objection at the final moment.
I would remind our Republican MCs of this:

House May Block Food Safety Bill Over Senate Error

Heh.

A food safety bill that has burned up precious days of the Senate’s lame-duck session appears headed back to the chamber because Democrats violated a constitutional provision requiring that tax provisions originate in the House....

Really?  The Constitution says that?

....The debacle could prove to be a major embarrassment for Senate Democrats, who sought Tuesday to make the relatively unknown bill a major political issue by sending out numerous news releases trumpeting its passage.

Here's the whole (brief) article.

11/29/10: The Federal Farming Power Grab Scheduled for Senate Vote Today

See my earlier post below. In addition to adding to what we think we know about what's in S.510, an  article at today's American Thinker also has an enlightening description of how this stuff actually happens in the halls of Congress—Schoolhouse Rock it ain't.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/11/the_federal_farming_power_grab.html

UPDATES (11/30/10) on this bill here.  Also, a tool for tracking what's going on and what people are writing about the bill is in this box (which is great when they keep it updated): 

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