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Family Research Council – 4/27/2012
For now, it looks like the nanny goat state is on hold. After
farmers, FRC, and other groups
hollered our disapproval over new rules, the Labor Department finally relented.
The regulations, which would have dictated children's chore charts, were so
overbearing that teenagers would have needed U.S. 's approval to operate a power
washer. Thousands of complaints flooded in from the states where farming and
ranching are primary industries. By limiting what children under 18 could do,
farmers would have been scrambling to find hired help. Not only would that have
robbed kids of the experience of developing a work ethic and learning the family
trade, but it would have put a bigger financial burden on farmers to look
outside the family for workers. Washington
To many, like FRC, it was an even bigger assault on parental rights, since the responsibility to protect children would shift from the family to the Feds. After taking a verbal pummeling on the issue, the Labor Department acknowledged its overreach. "The Obama administration is firmly committed to promoting family farmers and respecting the rural way of life, especially the role that parents and other family members play in passing those traditions down through the generations... The decision to withdraw this rule--including provisions to define the 'parental exemption'--was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of proposed rules on small family-oriented farms. To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration."
Obviously, the President wants to neutralize this as a campaign issue, but his record on parents' rights will be harder to hide. Under the guise of "child safety," the administration has wormed its way into everything from brown bag lunches to interstate abortions. In every instance, the President is testing the boundaries to see how far the government can encroach before parents object. Even now, the administration is pushing a global agenda of "children's rights" that transfers the decision-making and responsibilities of child-rearing to the international community. As FRC's Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison explain, the President is lobbying for the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a treaty that would handcuff parents on issues like religion and morality. Under the CRC, "children choose their own religion and parents have only the right to 'advise' them." On matters like abortion or abstinence, the administration agrees with the U.N. that International Planned Parenthood should have unilateral access to children to teach their version of "reproductive rights."
Meanwhile, things at home aren't much better. Thanks to ObamaCare, the government can target your family for "home visitations" to "help" with parenting, discipline, homeschooling, and even gun safety! In his "Race to the Top" program, the White House muscles out parents from school choice, and his opposition to the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA) bars them from a daughter's pregnancy "choice." So while the Labor announcement is worth celebrating, it is a clear warning of what parents can expect from President Obama when he has "more flexibility."
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