Please Sir, Can I Get Some More Sir???
It’s kind of disturbing how often American free marketers push for rollbacks in labor regulations involving children. It’s usually Republicans (who ironically love to remind us to think of “the children” when it comes to tv, music, video games, etc., who write the proposals. But as Erik Loomis notes, even Dems tend to get in on the Dickensian fantasies now and again:
These new rules would attack the freedom of our children to mix noxious pesticides, climb tall ladders, and demolishing barns on farms that are not owned by their parents. If I can’t force my 11 year old to mix pesticides, we might as well just live in Soviet Russia. Moreover, since so much farm labor is done by immigrants these days, these regulations are a clear attack on the white right to exploit brown people. I am truly outraged. My love of racism combined with my passion for child labor has led me to become a huge supporter of our next president, Newt Gingrich.