2012 Election News: The Shocking Obama Regulation Nation*

by CJFosdick on March 19, 2012

Obama is well into his fourth year as president and America has been changed almost beyond recognition in these 27 months. Many of us don’t notice these changes all that much. Most rules and regs have not been passed through the House and Senate and gotten the President’s signature to finalize these changes into law. They are just being made into new rules and regulations by Obama’s czars, his cabinet, and by Obama himself. These rules and regs are the equivalent of laws passed through Congress, unless either Congress passes an actual law repealing them or the Supreme Court rules the rule or reg in question is not legal. These rules and regulations usually receive no fanfare, no advertisement, or news coverage. They suddenly just appear and there they are, constricting American freedoms, all 81,000 pages of new rules and regs that became law in 2011.
Often Obama, when he has a change he wants, says, “I don’t need Congress to get changes.” Yep. Obama is going against the American Constitution when he so cavalierly dismisses Congress in the law-making process. His arrogance defines his administration. “I will demand…” These words show his attitude on governing. A king can demand. A dictator can demand. An emperor can demand. The American president does not have the power to demand.
So what is the news today that got me going? The Obama Administration is about to strike the family farm. The fact that our leader and his cronies apparently can regulate what a child can and cannot do on his/her parents’ own farm is shocking. “This administration has plans that will change almost everything regarding family life for farmers.”*
“Anyone who has run a farm or a ranch knows that it takes the whole family to have a successful farm. We need another generation of young people that want to grow up and become farmers.”* The family farm has been the backbone of American life since our very beginnings when the Pilgrims came in 1620. A family that works together usually stays together. The art of farming has been passed down through the generations. The young farmers and ranchers learn not only how to farm, but also learn appreciation and care of the land. They learn to have a good work ethic, learn responsibility, and the value of working together for a common goal. They have the feeling of success if the crop is good, and conversely, to be a part of disaster and loss if the crop fails. They are an important part of the entire process. That farm they work on has their own sweat and blood on the farm along with their parents. And most important, they know how to start over the next year, pick up the pieces of a failed crop and begin again the next year. Farmers need by nature to be resilient, to overcome, to think the future will be better. Far too many children in today’s world often don’t learn these values as youngsters and when as adults, they have not earned the survival the techniques farm kids learn.
Here is the shocking part. The Department of Labor has outlined several new regulations that will restrict kids from working on their own family farm or ranch. These regulations are outlined in the Fair Labor Standard Act below:

• Restrict tasks like rounding up cattle, and operating tractors
• Restrict tasks like cleaning, or using battery-operated tools.
• Restrict kids helping if the weather is too warm or the humidity is too
• Restrict kids from learning skill through 4-H and FFA

The first three rules above obviously were made to keep kids from doing what they determine safety hazards. The last rule — the one on “restricting kids learning skills from 4-H and FFA” absolutely boggles my mind. I can see no safety reason here for this rule; this becomes strictly a matter of government running every aspect of life in rural America. To restrict our kids from learning skills through 4-H and FFA, are fighting words to millions of us living in rural America. Talk about an over-reaching federal government. Among other things, those of us who have had had the advantage of 4-H and FFA programs are noted for being independent, proud of our rural heritage, and willing to fight for what we believe is the American way of living. We will not allow you, Obama to take over our personal lives. WE WILL NOT GIVE UP EASILY. Obama take note, this is a fight you will not win!
Those running the Department of Labor apparently have no understanding of what running a family farm entails or the importance of children helping who will often make the difference between failure or success. “They apparently don’t understand a mom or a dad who would avoid hurting their kids by keeping them from doing jobs that might be dangerous.”* Hey, give us country folks some credit. We are not morons. We do not need to have the government telling us how to live our private lives, how to raise our kids, and how to run our own farms and ranches.
In my opinion, there is no greater life that running your own family farm or ranch. I’ve done that. My husband and I have raised our three children helping on our family ranch. Today they are productive, hardworking, honest parents raising their own children with the values and ethics we instilled in them when they were young. I say this is a way of life we can’t afford to lose. These changes, if passed, will fundamentally change our rural way of life.
More important, if the Federal Government can do this, what else can it do? What else is left that you can think of that the government can’t get involved with? Broad and over-reaching rules and regs will be able to reach into the life of every American citizen. The freedoms Americans value so much are fading into the twilight of a free America, slowly and surely as I write. In the three+ years Obama has ruled, many, many ways of living American life has already been invaded. Changes have happened. Many we are not even aware of some of these. This is the reality of life today in America.
*Thoughts and facts by Jerry Moran, R. Kansas Senator, 3/15/2012

“I was driving the neighbor’s hay baler at age 13.”
Steve Doocy, Fox and Friends, Fox news Channel

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jake Berkheimer March 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I am now 62 years old 5’1″ tall and weigh 105lb. I was driving my grandfathers 1940 Allis Chalmers WD tractor while pulling a New Holland bailer and a hay wagon when I was 7 years old. Grandpa’s gone now, so lock me up!!!!!!!!!!!!

They were by far the best days of my life…… AHHH the “good old days.” The kids this country was… And they will have no “good old days” to remember

Obama can KMA

Jake Berkheimer
One PO’d Patriot


CJFosdick March 25, 2012 at 9:31 am

They might, but not like our memories. I grew up in a town of about 100,000 and always wanted to have a farm. My husband had the same dream, and by golly, we did it. It’s been a great life, all 50 years of our marriage.

-Carol Fosdick


Jake Berkheimer March 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I am 62 years old 5’1″ tall and weigh 105lb. I was sort of driving my grandfather’s 1940 Allis Chalmers WD tractor while pulling a New Holland bailer and a hay wagon when I was 7 years old. I couldn’t reach the clutch or the brake handles and it had no power steering so I couldn’t make the turns at the end of the field so he had to jump off the wagon, run up and make the turn so I didn’t run into the woods. Then I would keep it on the row to the other end of the field.

They were by far the best days of my life…… AHHH the “good old days.” The kids growing up today will never know how great this country once was… And they will have no “good old days” to remember. It’s so sad…

Obama can KMA

Jake Berkheimer
One PO’d Patriot


Wendy March 22, 2012 at 8:48 am

Have you ever been to a farm child’s funeral? The pain of loss from a preventable accident is devastating. Would you let your child drive a car? Modern tractors are very powerful, and dangerous. Wisconsin Dairy Farmer.


CJFosdick April 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I’m sure one of the most powerful pains is to have a child die for any reason. Children die from all sorts of reasons. I’ve know kids who died from a motorcycle accident, from a three wheel r accident, from suicide, from a hunting accident, from an auto accident, from cancer, from child abuse, and from someone careless in a hospital bringing on an early death. I personally do not know of a child dying from a farm accident and I have lived on small ranch near a rural community for 50 years. I called an old timer, age 84 and born here. He could tell me of only one farm accident around here that killed a child. I say only one, but I know this death was tragic for those left behind. Most deaths I’ve listed could have been prevented. With some of these, there were already laws that were not followed. I don’t care how many laws are made, accidents will always happen, many preventable. One father I know would not let his teenage son play football, because it was dangerous and he might break a leg. This same kid broke his leg in P.E. class.
I have no problem with laws being made to help keep children from being hurt. But the laws I memtioned in my blog are an attack on a wonderful way of of life meant not to protect children as much as it is to hasten the .demise of the small family farm, which is under attack from many sources now and is dying. The family farms are being taken over by massive mega-business farming operations owned by huge corporations. The reason I know that these laws are not to protect children — the rule about shutting down such programs like FFA and 4-H. One of the main purposes of these organizations is to teach farm safety. In addition they teach many skills to help young farmers and ranchers how to succeed. They are vital to an ongoing healthy environment for rural youth.
I’m sorry for your loss in the farm accident you mentioned. I am a retired teacher of 33 years in the classroom and I am sorry for myself and our community in the deaths of so many of my students through the years. My hesrt still aches for these. I am happy, however, for the many near deaths averted for reasons only God knows. If you are religious, may God comfort you in your loss.


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