I worked for my dad from the time I was five years old dusting cans of soup on the grocery shelves. By 15 my sisters and I were all expected to work regular hours, at least on weekends. By 16, I was running the first video rental business in our town inside my dad’s store and had fired my first employee. Neither my sisters nor I wanted to work anywhere else. There was never a time past the age of 15 when we weren’t expected to have jobs. I’ll never forget the day, one week after my first disastrous attempt at college when my father stood over my deck chair where I was happily sunning myself by his pool and sternly said, “Megan, get off your ass and get a job. You have two weeks or you’re out.”
According to Rachel Maddow, my sisters and I were abused. On Thursday night’s show, Maddow, in a True Twit snit, raged at new Republican Governor Paul LePage of Maine because he is supporting a bill that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to work longer hours and be paid less than minimum wage. While she was disparaging Governor LePage for supporting “child labor,” she kept showing photos of 7-year-olds in the coal mines 100 years ago, despite the fact that the current bill only applies to 16- and 17-year olds who choose to work. Right now they are eligible for $7.50 an hour and only 20 hours a week. Under his proposal they could work up to 24 hours at $5.25 an hour.
At first glance it looks unfair, but the state is actually making it possible for teens to have more access to the workforce with an incentive for businesses to hire them. And when you’re trying to break into the workforce as an unskilled idiot teen you can use all the help you can get. The lowered wage isn’t permanent but is a temporary starting wage which is eligible for an increase to the standard wage after 180 days of employment. Perhaps the funniest part about Maddow’s response was her insistence that teens are “kids” and “children.”
This might be the first time in recorded history that a leftist admitted that 16- and 17-year-olds are kids. Of course that’s only when we’re talking about them punching cash register keys. If they’re giving each other oral sex, then the Left thinks they should be treated as adults with all the freedoms adults have. There’s absolutely no reason to fear the growing STD rates among teens, we should just give them more condoms and proper fellatio technique instruction booklets. But letting them earn money and learn responsibility? That’s terrible! Call Child Protective Services! Little Johnny is working! (Gasp!)
Teens would be far better off learning a skill and getting experience in the workplace than they would playing Xbox and spreading herpes. And truthfully, do most teens work hard enough to earn $7.50 an hour? I’ve hired a few. The answer is, no. But what really rubbed me the wrong way was listening to Maddow crow about how “liberal” lovers of humanity like herself are responsible for child labor protection laws.
The commie-pinko bleeding heart liberals of 1840’s Maine took action to keep kids out of the mines, out of the sweatshops and into the schools instead.
I knew that sounded suspect, so I looked it up. What I found didn’t surprise me at all.