Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday said that child labor regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor would lead to America’s decline.
The federal agency is considering updating the Fair Labor Standards Act by strengthening current child labor regulations related to work with animals, pesticides, timber operations, manure pits and storage bins.
“The Obama Administration is working on regulations that would prevent children from working on our own family farms,” she wrote on Facebook. “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.”
Her post was titled, “If I Wanted America to Fail, I’d Ban Kids From Farm Work.”
However, the proposed regulations would not apply to children working on farms owned or partly-owned by their relatives.
The Labor Department said it proposed the new regulations because of studies showing that children are significantly more likely to be killed while performing agricultural work than while working in all other industries combined.
The agency plans to propose modified regulations this summer after it considers feedback from the public and Congress.
“Federal government: get your own house in order and stop interfering in ours,” Palin concluded.