Obama’s Land Grab: Stage One

The word on the streets (or in this case on the fields) is that the Obama Administration wants to ban kids from doing some kinds of farm chores, on their family’s own farm.

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.”

By doing this, the government sets up some interesting possibilities down the road.

By banning these kids from doing jobs that will endear them to this way of life, it will disconnect them from the operation just enough to cause them to not be interested in managing it when they are grown, especially when the parents are dead or too old to do it any longer. If this happens, the farm will fail or get into money problems. It will be at this point where a future government will be able to help, either by giving more subsidies and controlling the operation more tightly or by taking it over altogether.

Can we all say government land grab?

It may not be as openly blunt at the communists of the early 1900s USSR or 1940s China, but the goals and projected outcomes are the same. Government control of land is a must in any socialist society that glorifies the role of the state. Slow and steady wins the race. In this case, it may take a generation or two.

This is part of the fundamental transformation, Obama promised….and now, he is delivering it. It just may not take effect right away. As we have heard before, taking freedoms away a little at a time becomes more difficult to notice….unless someone is alert and oriented to what is going on.


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