Sarah Palin was almost right this time. She took to Facebook criticizing the Obama administration for a new Labor Department regulation that prohibits those under age 16 from working on farms. Doesn’t sound so bad.
Palin stated, “This is more overreach of the federal government with many negative overtones.” She went on to say that the new regulations would “prevent children from working on our own family farms.” Some liberals may even agree that a government body telling parents they cannot allow their own children to work on the family farm is a bit of an overreach.
But, as usually, the conservative rhetoric is just plain wrong. This is typical of the conservative talking-heads.
The regulation does not prevent kids from working on the family farm. The new regulations have been in the works for a long time now. What they do is re-define farm jobs that can be done by 16-year-olds and younger. Those minors can no longer harvest or cure tobacco, work in manure pits, or handle pesticide.
Why would you want your 13- or 14- or 15-year-old working with pesticides? What are the conservatives afraid of — that this will create more jobs for adult, immigrant workers?
This is yet another example of how the right jumps on a piece of information and spins it to get their supporters all riled up about it when it’s not the complete truth. Sarah Palin should stay in Alaska and take up knitting or something and stay off Facebook.