As we reported yesterday
, state Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-West County) thinks that a more Dickensian youth would really get Missouri kids to straighten up and fly right.
She's proposed a bill (SB 222
) that would eviscerate our state's child-labor laws. And she's being mocked far and wide, including on The Tonight Show
Lazy, freeloading pre-teens would no longer be barred from seeking
gainful employment (what kind of crap excuse is "school," anyway?) and
wee peons would no longer need work permits from their schools. Their
hours wouldn't be restricted, and places that use ankle-biters as drones
would no longer face inspections from the Division of Labor Standards.
has been defending her bill, citing the character-building effect work
had on her own kids. And she's facing criticism from all sides: waggish
commenters here at the Daily RFT
, the AFL-CIO and other labor groups,
and finally, Jay Leno.
From last night's monologue:
in Missouri, Republican state Sen. Jane Cunningham has introduced a bill
that would eliminate her state's child labor laws. Well, yeah, I mean,
why should the 10-year-olds in China be getting all the good factory
Oh, that Jay Leno. Always quick with the zing.