Sarah Palin Attacks New Child Labor Rules That Would Keep Kids Safer

| by Michael Allen

On Wednesday, former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin claimed that new child labor regulations, proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor, would somehow lead to America’s decline.

The U.S. Department of Labor is considering updating the Fair Labor Standards Act by strengthening current child labor laws that are related to work with animals, pesticides, timber, manure pits and storage bins.

The Labor Department said it proposed the new regulations because studies show that children are more likely to be killed while performing agricultural work.

Palin wrote on her Facebook page: “The Obama Administration is working on regulations that would prevent children from working on our own family farms. This is more overreach of the federal government with many negative consequences. And if you think the government’s new regs will stop at family farms, think again. Federal government: get your own house in order and stop interfering in ours.”

However, one problem: The proposed regulations would not apply to children working on farms owned or partly owned by their relatives.