More nanny govt: Last night we were in a bakery doing volunteer work for a local foundation. Our friend, the baker, had volunteered to make home-made graham crackers and marshmallows so guests at a foundation fundraiser could make “s’mores.”
It was back-breaking work, but the four of us and a spouse who had the baby with him, were having a good time. We got to talking about work. The spouse said a bunch of teenagers, around 14-15 years old, had ridden their bikes up to his workplace and asked for work! He said he couldn’t hire them, it was company policy to hire only 18-year-olds and up.
What he didn’t say, and possibly didn’t know, is that govt regulations prohibit hiring kids for those jobs working at a winery running cleaning and moving equipment. These particular kids really needed the jobs, too.
We started to talk about our jobs as teenagers. One woman spent a summer working in a carnival. Another worked at a baseball park. IFO worked in strawberry, rhubarb and bean fields, before the govt outlawed kids under 16, when we first got to Oregon. The baker said her kids had been in her bakery from infancy.
One day she came in after closing time and found out her daughter, seven-years old at the time, had wiped down the tables and stood up on a huge stainless-steel sink and wielded the sprayer hose to clean out mixing bowls and put them in the dishwasher! The baker’s second thought, after gratitude and pride, was to hope that her daughter hadn’t told anyone what she had done!
Today, young people are only allowed to work in their own or in family enterprises. That limits work to farms, restaurants, bakeries, lawns, pet care and other small businesses.
We talked about how much fun we had had as we worked, even though it was hard, dirty, hot, or cold and wet, because we had friends working with us. We learned that some people never seemed to move, yet got more done than anybody else. Berry pickers chattered away, sounding like total airheads, yet they walked down the rows with filled cartons and boxes twice as often as we did.
These anti-regulation conversations seem to be taking place more often. A week ago, a man complained that laws and regulations seem to be aimed at preventing all danger and harm to everyone at any cost. Impossible, but a great way to control the population.
BTW: We just learned why we feel we are being nagged to death on the radio.
“Save water. Drive carefully. Get your cancer screening. Eat your veggies. Exercise. Register for the draft.” It goes on and on. Why? Because most federal bills now contain line items “authorizing public service campaigns” for various do-good ideas. What is this really? It is buying the media.
If we can tap the developing stream of common sense, we may be able to right the ship of state.