When political rhetoric trumps child safety

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  • Updated: April 30, 2012 - 7:43 PM
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jdlellis1Apr. 30, 12 9:03 PM

Arguments which head down the path of "Big Agriculture," "Big Business," "Big Pharma, etc. should immediately be dismissed as little more than biased political rhetoric. Primarily because auto companies are big but people drive vehicles. Airlines are big companies but people fly. Telecommunications corporations are big companies but people use phones, watch TV's and go to the movies. Now, onto the argument. Instincts suggest I am more at risk driving in the metro area, especially with drunk drivers, than working on a farm. So, let's increase government spending by hiring new regulators to write legislation that will grow and field administrators who will then have to enforce what is not a monumental issue. Allow me the latitude to identify tow items much more serious than children farming accidents. First drunk driving. rather than slap people on the hand why not hammer them as though a crime was committed with a gun. Second, individuals who have children and cannot afford to provide for them (food, education, civility, etc).

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offtherecordApr. 30, 12 9:26 PM

Big agriculture does not employee young people. Family farms use young adults to help out. Bogus attempt to slam the GOP and corp farming as usual.

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lordhawhaw1May. 1, 12 6:46 AM

"The safety laws were dropped because of an outcry from special interest groups." Yeah-the farmers themselves.

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jdlellis1May. 1, 12 8:07 AM

Forgive me, I missed the opportunity to frame this with the perverable, "This is a solution, looking for a problem!"

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milo1949May. 1, 1212:21 PM

Don't you think the fathers and mothers (the family farmers) will always have the safety of their children in mind.

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jarlmnMay. 1, 1212:40 PM

Don't cut yourself grinding your axe, Susan! This is about working on family farms, not "big agriculture." I don't see any 14 year olds working directly for corporate farming interests. And the opposition was coming from farmer-parents, not corporate. Other than desperately over-reaching to do some political bashing here, Susan and her ilk never cease to amaze me with their zeal to incarcerate young people in padded playpens, "if it saves just ONE child."

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gimbelMay. 1, 12 4:05 PM

Thats' fine. The administration tried. The Republicans didn't want it. Yes, MOST farmers are republicans and if they don't care if their kids get hurt or killed doing dangerous things on their farm, well, I don't care either. Let it be on their heads.

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leroyjeanMay. 1, 12 5:21 PM

It is a shame that the GOP will not vote for anything the Dems try to do to make this a better country. WHY?

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jdlellis1May. 1, 1211:00 PM

gimbel and leroyjean are typical in the sense that no matter what the Democrats, Progressives, Liberals put on the table is acceptable/good. Suggest both of you read the Federalist Papers, The Declaration of Independence (in its entirety) and the U.S. Constitution to understand the concept of limited federal government. Please recall the words of Adolph Hitler upon his ascension to the Chancellory of Germany, "The individual is nothing without the state!"

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gimbelMay. 2, 12 5:29 PM

I love how the TPers like to pretend they are scholars of the Constitution and the Declaration and the Federalist Papers. That last one, BTW, is a far cry from the usual Drudge Report or Freedom Works websites. Anyone who is not well versed in 18th century writing, vocabulary and philosophy will not understand it in it's entirety. And I've never yet met a TPer who has a clue about any of those things. So if they tell you YOUR ideas don't line up with the Federalist Papers, you'll know right away they don't have a clue what they are talking about.

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