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What About The Children?

By The Reverend Published: February 17, 2011

Yesterday it was all about Tea Party elected officials' war on unionized workers as declared by the governors of Wisconsin and Ohio. Today, it's Missouri Baggers waging war on.....children.

Again, not kidding.

A few days ago I mentioned that the new Tea Party Senator from Utah, Mike Lee, had claimed that federal child labor laws were unconstitutional. Yeah, he did. A U.S. Senator claimed that protecting children from being abused in the workplace was not a power that the feds had been given in the Constitution.

Lee referenced a 1918 Supreme Court case to bolster his nonsense. Problem is, that 1918 case was overturned in 1941 in a unanimous Supreme Court ruling known as United States v. Darby. Which suggests that Mr. Lee is not all that honest. What? He didn't know about the Darby ruling? He doesn't know how to work the Google?

Anyway....for those out there still clinging to the notion that ObamaCare is, somehow, need to go read the ruling in the Darby case.

What's remarkable here is the fact that now, Republicans in the Missouri state legislature, perhaps drunk on Mike Lee-brand Tea, have introduced a bill to.....wait for it.....minimize child labor laws.

Missouri State Sen. Jane Cunningham (R) has introduced a bill to minimize child labor laws.

SB 222 – This act modifies the child labor laws. It eliminates the prohibition on employment of children under age fourteen. Restrictions on the number of hours and restrictions on when a child may work during the day are also removed. It also repeals the requirement that a child ages fourteen or fifteen obtain a work certificate or work permit in order to be employed. Children under sixteen will also be allowed to work in any capacity in a motel, resort or hotel where sleeping accommodations are furnished. It also removes the authority of the director of the Division of Labor Standards to inspect employers who employ children and to require them to keep certain records for children they employ. It also repeals the presumption that the presence of a child in a workplace is evidence of employment.

From the bill's summary, it looks like service industry lobbying money is driving this obviously repellant Missouri bill. Let's hope it doesn't get anywhere.

Whatever the bill's question is: What in the hell is wrong with these people? What would be the point of passing a law that "eliminates the prohibition on employment of children under age fourteen?" Quite frankly, I don't get it.

Maybe Missouri Republicans think that by passing draconian legislation like this no-more-child-labor-laws bill.....that they are thumbing their noses at the "oppressive" federal government? Perhaps this is just all a state v feds pissing contest?

After all, who, other than the heartless lobbyist sharks representing the service industry, would even have the gall to suggest such a piece of

sh*t legislation? Think about it. Can you even imagine a poll of Missourians being taken with the objective of finding out the pressing priorities for Missouri's citizens......and one of the more popular priorities which comes back is eliminating child labor laws? Me, either.

Are Missouri Republicans so hopelessly jaded that they would consider coming to the aid of campaign contributing lobbyists from the service industry rather than defending and protecting the children of Missouri?

This ridiculous stuff is all part and parcel of the same Tea Party rebellion we've been witnessing for 2 years. A rebellion which bases it's existence on total ignorance of American history and settled law. A rebellion which tries to camoflauge it's bigotry and ignorance with already-debunked theories over states' rights, the Supremacy and Commerce clauses of the Constitution and the bird-flipping notion that states can nullify federal laws.

6 weeks in.......and this TP rebellion has already demonstrated that they will openly attack teachers, firefighters, police, sanitation workers, library workers, and road crews. Rebellious Baggers would solve the nation's financial woes, woes caused by Satan's children working on Wall Street, on the backs of valuable average workers who make up the backbone of America.

This ignorant and rebellious movement says that it's purpose is pure......saving the future generation....the children.....from having to pay some insurmountable national debt. But as we see in Missouri......they're not being honest. Everything is on the Teabag table.....including ending labor laws meant to protect children from capitalist devils who would exploit them.

The operative word here is reprehensible.



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