Happy Labor Day
"The golf links lie so near the mill,
That almost every day,
The children at their labor,
May watch the men at play." -Sarah Cleghorn
This is what assholes like Sen. Mike Lee want to bring back. You remember him, don't you? He's the right wing nut job that was elected to the Senate at the same time as his running buddy Tailgunner Ted Cruz. Less than a week and a half after he was sworn in, Lee said that child labor laws were "unconstitutional."
Of course, Lee's got the day off like most of the rest of us except Congress critters never needed a fucking union to get paid holidays, free health care or the ability to work barely over 100 days a year while making $174,000 for the privilege.
Just remember this and much more when these douchebags come streaming out of the woodwork like termites during a fumigation between now and next November as they pretend they're running against Obama and telling you conservatism's the way to go and who needs those pesky, intrusive unions and their carping about fair living wages, safer working conditions, 40 hour, five day work weeks, collective bargaining and a workable compact between labor and management.
Massachusetts enacted the first child labor laws in the nation back in 1843 after investigating abuses in child labor in 1832. This means if douchebags like Mike Lee have their way, they'll send your kids straight back to the coal mines and textile mills like we used to before Dickens' day. Or, if they're lucky, they'll get to attend school but will have to work as janitors like Newt Gingrich suggested.