Well, this should come as a shock to absolutely no one. It seems the U.S. Department of Labor has discovered that hasn’t yet managed to jam its sticky fingers into everything, so it’s set its sights on … farm kids.

The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.

Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”

“Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”

Rossie Blinson, a 21-year-old college student from Buis Creek, N.C., told The Daily Caller that the federal government’s plan will do far more harm than good.

“The main concern I have is that it would prevent kids from doing 4-H and FFA projects if they’re not at their parents’ house,” said Blinson.

“I started showing sheep when I was four years old. I started with cattle around 8. It’s been very important. I learned a lot of responsibility being a farm kid.”

Be sure and read the entire article for the full ridiculousness. Personal responsibility? Hard work? Developing skills? But … but … we can’t have our kids learning about such things! If they do, the Nanny State won’t have anyone left to nanny!

Such stupid government overreach is ripe for mockage, and it was only natural that Twitter stepped up to the plate with the #ObamaFarmChores hashtag game.

Punishing farmers in CA’s Central Valley by cutting off water just to save a pesky bait fish. #ObamaFarmChores #tcot #twisters

— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) April 25, 2012

#ObamaFarmChores saving the cow manure to power the cars.

— Gregoré (@greg_zemaitis) April 25, 2012

Rounding up the little doggies just took on a whole new meaning #ObamaFarmChores

— Jeff Koch (@KochMonster) April 25, 2012

#ObamaFarmChores? That dog won’t hunt.

— Seth (@dcseth) April 25, 2012

Rising at the crack of dawn to collect an unemployment check. #ObamaFarmChores

— Hiram J Goldstein II (@HiramJGoldstein) April 25, 2012

Practicing throwing people under the tractor (much slower than his bus, hard to get the timing right.) #ObamaFarmChores

— Mattphilbin (@Mattphilbin) April 25, 2012

Milking the taxpayers #obamafarmchores

— Blaknsam (@Blaknsam) April 25, 2012

#ObamaFarmChores Installing an acre of wind turbines to power the stove to cook the dog.

— Gregoré (@greg_zemaitis) April 25, 2012

#ObamaFarmChores Piling it higher and deeper.

— Sandy (@VioletTiger2) April 25, 2012

Grant waivers to unionized livestock. #ObamaFarmChores

— Justen Charters (@JustenCharters) April 25, 2012

Have holder investigate why the black sheep has only three bags full of wool #ObamaFarmChores

— Mattphilbin (@Mattphilbin) April 25, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/04/25/obamafarmchores/

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