SURE FINE WHATEVER  3:54 pm January 14, 2011

Blah Blah, Sen. Mike Lee Wants Child Labor Legal Again, Blah Blah

by Jack Stuef

What a boring Friday! Why is that Loughner kid not doing anything crazy? There are so many reporters there in Tucson, ready for him to lick a bailiff. What are we supposed to talk about, each vote in that RNC election? Meh. Or that the new Utah senator says the ban on child labor is unconstitutional? Fine.

Yes, Mike Lee put this video up on YouTube last week. He was giving a lecture, just like a real professor of not understanding the Constitution. Even Antonin Scalia doesn’t agree with this narrow definition of the Commerce Clause (that it more or less means nothing), Think Progress says, and the decision he cites was unanimously overturned by the Supreme Court after the Great Depression, which, coincidentally, showed commerce restrictions were sort of necessary, kind of, you know.

Not that any of this matters. The Constitution doesn’t matter. The only thing the government should do is force women to carry fetuses in their bodies until they’re babies and give rich people money. As the founders, of Godfathers Pizza, wanted. [Think Progress]


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PsycWench January 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Ah, the long-pause-and-rapid staccato-mumbling lecture style of those who know they are way out of their knowledge zone.

HoyasFan January 15, 2011 at 10:46 am

I'm sure Mike Lee forgot to mention that Hammer v. Dagenhart was overturned by US v. Darby.

Damn you Supreme Court! Damn you to hell!

CapeClod January 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Good, let's throw more people into the "looking for work" pool.

doxastic January 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Because if there's one segment of the population that's weathering the Recession with ease, it's people without high school educations.

Dimitrios_M January 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Those pesky unemployed children always keep asking for "more."

Buzz Feedback January 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

If everybody in Utah put their kids to work the income of the Mormon church would skyrocket.

Terry January 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

How do you think they got to be the largest private landowner in the US?

BarryOPotter January 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I think you just figured out his angle, "…and he would have gotten away with it if it weren't for that pesky Buzz Feedback. Drat."

genxr January 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I'm introducing the "Repeal the Job-Killing Child Labor Laws Bill"

Beowoof January 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Don't you mean the Child Killing Child Labor Laws. Thins out the herd.

OhNoGuy January 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm

And I'm votin' FOR it!

Negropolis January 15, 2011 at 1:18 am


SexySmurf January 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Oh, that new Utah senator says the band on child labor is unconstitutional.

Does that mean Menudo was unconstitutional?

Terry January 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Any band named after tripe cooked in chili sauce is unconstitutional from the get-go.

baconzgood January 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Menudo was more of a war crime than unconstitutional.

OhNoGuy January 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm

"A Band of Little Brothers" brought to you by Hallmark. Newt the Newt (a real histry perfesser) and this balding sack of shit.

They train for the factory, they go to the factory and they WIN for the factory. They were truly the greatest generation.

TRIUMPH!! TRIUMPH of the Will! (See how I didn't violate that unwritten Internet Law?)

Terry January 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm

"Oh, that new Utah senator says the band on child labor is unconstitutional. Fine. "

BAN on child labor, as in not allowing it. Not BAND on child labor, which would either be a strap of some kind or a bunch of guys playing instruments which would be just plain creepy.

OhNoGuy January 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm

No need for a band as he has the plain creepy part covered.

Oh!! does that mean he's a COVER BAN(d)!

EdFlintstone January 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

And then the evil federal government really over stepped their bounds by outlawing polygamy.

OhNoGuy January 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm

My wives disagree.

chascates January 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Michael Steele drops out of the RNC race and endorses Maria Cino according to TownHall.

NYTimes has it too.

prommie January 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Damn. Or should I say "Holy Mackeral, Andy!"? I truly will miss that total bozo. Its a shame, he won't be the one that gets to say "quittin' time" any more.

GOPCrusher January 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I'm sure we will have an extended stint as a Fox News Political Analyst to look forward to hearing his pearls of wisdom.
Kind of the conservative version of Juan Williams.

SmutBoffin January 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Damn. The end of an era.

An era of booze, lesbians, and the street-level charisma of Mike Steele.

Tommmcatt January 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

But but but who will bring da funk and da noize?

Gunner Asch January 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Is Maria the one with 16 guns in the house? Figured that would be the clincher if so.

Radiotherapy January 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Most importantly, how does she stand on Child Labor.

doxastic January 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm

A comic tragedy!

weejee January 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Maria Cino also enjoys the blessings of Agent Orange hizself Mr. Specious Boner. That said, after the 5th ballot she's jumped 11 from 29 to 40 votes, while the ballot's fearless leader Reince Priebus dropped 1 from 58 to 57. Wingnutter Anuzi moved into 3rd place picking up 8 votes from 24 to 32. Wagner stayed the same at 28. 85 is the magic number when cheese fud confetti will drop from the sky and the Rethugs will start chanting "Wash, Spin, Reince", "Cino Evil", "Anuzi Snoozie" or start humming "The Flight of the Valkyries" depending on who gets elected to clean-up Vitter's Depends.

V572625694 January 15, 2011 at 8:08 am

Sounds like someone had almost tee many martoonis before writing this fine Joycean ramble. Excellent!

aqua_buddha January 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Wasn't she the one who confessed, in a pitiful, days-of-wine-&-roses response, that her "favorite bar" was …. "I dunno, sitting around at my kitchen table" … ?

This could be a hidden blessing, in a kind of cheri-oteri / joe-the-biden kinda way. Whersh my lipschtick ….

SorosBot January 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Good, because my coal mine's been having trouble since some of the tunnels are too small for adults to fit through. These are kids from Appalachia, they don't have a good future to look forward to anyway so what's wrong if they get black lung before they're 20?

ChessieNefercat January 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm

And you know if they're all stunted and skinny from malnutrition (praise Palin!) they'll fit better and be useful longer.

nounverb911 January 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Just think of how much Palin can make off of her herd now.

Terry January 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Do you think the children would work any harder than the mother? Born and bred grifters, the bunch of them.

genxr January 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Nah. They'll be given supervisor positions.

ChessieNefercat January 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I think this whole thing is just to head off any criticism of Palin due to her not paying her spawn to appear in "Alaska's Sarah Palin."

Because you can be damned sure that there is no minimum wage (or any wage?) proposed for these tiny employees.

Boredw/Gravity January 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Fine. Let's start with Senator Lee's kids and grandkids.

EdFlintstone January 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

But their little hands are perfect for polishing the inside of shell casings.

baconzgood January 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Damn! I should read other posts before I post mine.

mrblifil January 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Good for target practice too. Also.

Tundra Grifter January 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm

This is the first time I've heard anyone call Herbert Hoover a Progressive.


What happened to those weak Articles of Confederation that granted most political power to the states? Why did we bother to replace that compact with the United States Constitution?

And if labor and manufacturing are "local activities" – how does he explain General Motors, the Ford Motor Company, movie companies that made movies, distributed movies, and showed those movies in company theatres (is there still a Fox or Paramount Theater is your town?)?

If the states were going to make child labor illegal, why was Federal legislation necessary?

He is also the first person I've heard heard say our American system is "designed to be harsh." Other than that 3/5ths thing about slaves, of course…

gvvt January 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Well, back in 1776 they foresaw, in the infinite wisdom, that we would become a soft, mollycoddling nation of Nazis who would try to sneak through laws about child labor. Kids are only about 2/5th human most of the time, anyhow.

Although somehow, I don't think the Founding Teabaggers were debating whether this Constitution thingy they were drafting was sufficiently HARSH. Melting pots aren't fuckin' hot tubs, you know.

imissopus January 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Way back in the 1950s there was actually an anti-trust case that resulted in all the movie studios having to divest themselves of ownership in theaters and theater chains, the idea being that Fox could screw Paramount by never booking any of Paramount's movies in Fox-owned theaters or charging a giant percentage of the box office take.

The studios are still required to limit the hours children can work on a shoot, and also require they hire tutors so the kids don't have to give up their educations in order to be Mommy and Daddy's meal tickets. Presumably Mike Lee would like to eliminate this regulation. After all, look at how many child stars become non-functional adults, so it's obviously doing more harm then good.

BerkeleyBear January 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm

The reason a Federal law was necessary was, ironically, because when states did it the Court struck it down because of the impact it placed on interstate commerce in the narrow sense of the word. Although they'd occassionally let a restriction on child or women's hours through a bs loophole about welfare that was really about limiting women competing in the workforce.

Tundra Grifter January 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm

BB: Reading the decision and the dissent, apparently there was a previous Supreme Court ruling upholding the Federal law that prohibitedthe transportation of women and girls across state lines for immoral purposes.

OhNoGuy January 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm

With all the stupid it was easy to forget the "progressive Hoover" remark, although it was tres jarring when I first heard it.

I'm guessin' that Jefferson Davis was some namby pamby middle of the roader by this guy's lights.(But his last name is LEE!!!)

edgydrifter January 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Club For Growth and AEI conditionally support this, provided it's tied to the repeal of the federal minimum wage and the dissolution of OSHA. You know, for prosperity!

prommie January 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Ayn Rand, and the cult of selfish assholes, and ideology of "I got mine, fuck you" savagery she established, has attained way way too much respectability in this society for my comfort. I think I shall be opening the Gin bottle early today, and I am going to get into the Hendricks, too!

jus_wonderin January 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Glad I didn't forget to bring my flask to work today.

OhNoGuy January 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm


(If I have to do this it means you people are getting slow.)

DashboardBuddha January 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm

That sounds like it would be a great holiday. "National Bring Your Flask to Work Day".

ChessieNefercat January 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Have one for me, please?

fuflans January 15, 2011 at 12:32 am

i bought my dad a bottle of hendricks last year for some random thing and he's actually forgiven me for being progressive.


metamarcisf January 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I think we've found Carell's replacement for "The Office"

macvalentine January 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I fail to see how Sarah Palin is the victim in this story.

baconzgood January 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

She won't.

ChessieNefercat January 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Bah da boom.

Kidneys4Sale January 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

You must be Jewish.

macvalentine January 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I'm a gay Jew at that.

Negropolis January 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Are you a woman? Because if you are, that's like the Victim Olympics gold medal. If you're a half-black Jewish lesbian, the world explodes.

gvvt January 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Not yet. That's why we're Wonkettiers and she will be President of these United States.

nounverb911 January 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Hey get with the pogrom!

aqua_buddha January 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I think we can all see that it is desperately trying to victimize Little Trig for his blameless entrepreneurial prospects, arriving sooner than he may expect, you betcha.

genxr January 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Because she drinks the blood of Christian children?

macvalentine January 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm

You say that like it's a bad thing.

AKbum January 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Mmmmm…it's like human veal.

AKbum January 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I understand the good people at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory are hiring.

emmelemm January 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Yesss! A history joke! I was a history major in college.

I award you all the p-points of my heart for the day.

AKbum January 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm

27 have got it so far. Choice.

VaWyo January 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I read an entire book about this. So depressing.

ChessieNefercat January 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Yes, what with all the previous employees being dead, I mean, ah, slackers.

AKbum January 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Slackers indeed. Burning to death on the clock. Fucking lazy commies. Hey, man. They didn't HAVE to work there. So glad the Free Market fixed all that.

ChessieNefercat January 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Yes, they didn't even finish their shifts. I have an entire book on the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. It is just maddening to read as the Republican mindset today is identical to what it was then in regard to worker safety. And let's not forget Senator Jackass, who would have those workers on the clock at age 6 (or younger? he wasn't specific). Ah, I better calm down.

user-of-owls January 14, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Hot job prospects!

edgydrifter January 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm

You have just won the day.

Gay Recruiter January 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Demonize the opposition.

LesBontemps January 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Demonize the opposition.

Seriously? In what world is this guy not a demon?

SorosBot January 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I didn't know that pointing out when someone says something horrible it's demonization; I thought that was, you know spreading lies about someone, like say making up a story that someone is not really a US citizen or saying, when a someone's friend commits suicide, that they actually killed their friend. Or using misleadingly edited videos to slander a good organization and claim they were helping pimps evade the police. That I thought was demonization.

GOPCrusher January 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

This must be that "liberal hate rhetoric" that I've heard about. Sarah Palin weeps.

doxastic January 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Wait, I thought we were supposed to be Simonizing the opposition! Now what the fuck am I supposed to do with all these shammies?

Gay Recruiter January 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Wax poetic.

imissopus January 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm

No no, it was the Waxing Poetics. Great band. Maybe not as good as the Hooters, though.

doxastic January 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I salute your punnery, Recruiter. Thumbs up.

SmutBoffin January 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Don't mind if I do…



ChessieNefercat January 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Except that's not blood libel (on the Republicans). You are telling the absolute truth.

MarshallBanana January 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Hey, everybody, pointing out the truth is demonization now!

SayItWithWookies January 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Stop demonizing the truth!

emmelemm January 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Facts have a known liberal bias.

imissopus January 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm


SorosBot January 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Gary Recruiter is Rush Limbaugh?

Beowoof January 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm

This means he is the NAMBLA Gay recruiter and they are demons.

nounverb911 January 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

That's ok, all of Merika's children are obese anyway.

Jukesgrrl January 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Clearly, we won't be contributing enough to the deca- and hectomillionaires until ALL members of our families are working for their slave wages, not just moms and dads.

"Little Joshua, I said, 'Wake up!' It's time for you to go and shine Mr. Marriott's Krugerrands!"

coolhandnuke January 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Boy, this guy is really out of touch. I hear he's pushing for Gary Coleman and Dana Plato to head the state's Child Labor Board.

SorosBot January 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Let's bring back the debtor's prisons and workhouses while we're at it, too; tonight we're gonna party like it's 1899.

doxastic January 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

When "Are there no workhouses?!" is a legitimate question to be asked, something has gone horribly awry.

prommie January 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm

The GOP thinks "A Christmas Carol" is the story of Scrooge's moral downfall; if only Scrooge had more faith and courage, he would have stuck to his convictions, and wouldn't have turned Commie.

Boredw/Gravity January 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Ahh, now you're just reminiscing about Newt's workhouses and orphanages of the 1990's.

ChessieNefercat January 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Shhh! The bastards will hear you.

Never mind. It's not like they haven't already thought of it.

nounverb911 January 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Makes it easier to retie threads in the looms.

ChessieNefercat January 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Sad, but true.

bflrtsplk January 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Just say anything. Faux News will amplify it and enough people will believe it to keep talking about it. If it backfires, blame it on "the Left."

baconzgood January 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I agree!!!! We've been outsourcing our child labor to China and Paraguay for far toooo long damn it!!!!! We can't fall behind on the child labor gap.

Lascauxcaveman January 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Heh. That's not funny 'cause it's true.

GOPCrusher January 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm

The children of the Northern Marianas want to know why you want to take away their jerbs.

Extemporanus January 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Child labor laws are blowjob killers.

SayItWithWookies January 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

You pay them?

Sassomatic January 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Well, classrooms ARE getting overcrowded. Creative solutions, brought to you by Utah.

natoslug January 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Condoms, IUDs and a decent spermicide would also be effective in the fight against crowded classrooms. Although they also guarantee you a spot in hell, so I guess repealing child labor laws is the Christian thing to do.

Oblios_Cap January 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

Think of the money we could save. it's not like the little fuckers are learning anything in school, anyway. Thinking only causes them to lose their faith in Jebus, and we can't have that.

LesBontemps January 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Whew! Now we can do away with that pesky Fair Labor Standards Act, not to mention the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilites Act , Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the National Labor Relations Act, returning us to the economic stability of the 1880s.

CrunchyKnee January 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Childs go into labor all the time in Mississippi.

RodneyBadger January 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Relax guys, he only meant black child labor.

prommie January 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Or is this a Mormonish thingie? They all have like 40 children, is he thinking of how much money would be rolling in if he sent all his kids to the sweat shops? Is this really about keeping all your bitches on the street?

Steverino247 January 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Somebody's really upset about our comments today or they don't understand what we do here and think we really mean the shit we say. Down thumb me, you bastard and I'll sic my four followers on you! (It was four, right?)

Beowoof January 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I was writng on the Regan was an old Alzheimers patient thread when I saw my pee points decline. So the pee bandit is loose on Wonkette again, searching for more pee.

starfanglednut January 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm

They want to drink our pee.

PabaBritannica January 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I've always thought the downfall of freedom started the day they said "hey, do you realize that things made in one state can be transported to another?"

marinmaven January 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Okay, now I am going to have to compete with my seven year old for a job?

SayItWithWookies January 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm

You know how I get around that? I tell the kids I'll give them a recommendation, and then when one of their potential employers calls I say I wouldn't hire them. The sweet innocent things have NO idea.

Beowoof January 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm

In Beijing.

ChessieNefercat January 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm


OhNoGuy January 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I think you don't understand, a lot of boys went to the mines, factories and fields to help Dad. They were not paid, they helped him keep his job.


marinmaven January 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm

My grandfather was one of those boys and eventually developed the black lung.

Also, children who ran wild in the streets in the 19th century eastern cities were taken custody of, put on trains, and childless farmers would take them in as farm labor. Kids would be put on crates so farmers could see what they were getting, thus the term "put up for adoption."

Newt was the one who suggested that we should take children away from the poors and put them up in orphanages until he found out expensive they were to run.
Republicans seem to have this fetish for a world out of Dickens where people are darkened by soot, work in dangerous conditions, and people are sent to debtors prison and poorhouses. Their new chairman's name is something that Dickens would pick.

DashboardBuddha January 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

"Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? I have good news and bad news. The good news is I got a raise at work. The bad news is now I'm your supervisor. Well…that's good news for me."

real_dc_native January 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Makes sense to put the little ones to work. It's not like spending years in our crappy public schools is of any value anymore. Then we can close the schools and we can cut property taxes on the giga-millionaires' estates. (as we should).

smokefilledroommate January 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Someone keeps 'zeroing in' on everyone.. OneTrueIdiot, perhaps?

baconzgood January 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

HEY ONE TRUE IDIOT!!!! WHY YOU GOTTA BE A PLAY-A HATE-A. I'm still new here, you have to be gentle.

PabaBritannica January 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

We can get rid of college financial aid, knowing that our kids can start working at the age of 5 to save up! There's no excuse!

Beowoof January 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm

And no need for them to know anything other than how to run a sewing machine or toilet brush. That thinking shit just clutters up their brains with ideas of right and wrong and such.

smokefilledroommate January 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Certainly a 'Fuck Children' platform won't go over very well with Cath– oh, wait it's Utah, nevermind.

LionelHutzEsq January 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm

"Fuck Children" goes well with Republicans of all sorts.

SorosBot January 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm

No, a "fuck children" platform would go over very well with Catholic priests.

LionelHutzEsq January 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

More importantly, does anyone see a ban on child prostitution in the Constitution anywhere?

If the GOP really wants to build a majority party, this will surely be their next cause, uniting the Teabaggers like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck with the Pedophiles like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Foley. They would be unstoppable then!

x111e7thst January 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm

How about putting Mike Lee to work. Sweating off a pound or two might do this asshole some good.

OhNoGuy January 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm

He's workin' now.

His brain is red lining, can't you see that?

SilverFox January 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Oh haha he was a a clerk for Alito. The Fair Labor Standards Act passed two decades after. Get over it.

__kth__ January 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

For some reason this video reminds me of your average pigfucker evangelical who never graduated high school but whose theological debates with fellow tongue-speaking morons are punctuated by the phrase "in the original Hebrew".

__kth__ January 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm

now the Google tells me he clerked for Alito, which is just fucking wonderful.

aqua_buddha January 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

There is something distinctly similar to thumping Bibles and thumping Constitutions.

Whilst enlightening the populace as to the dangers of believing anything other than what you are saying, while you're thumping.

Beowoof January 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm

There is a complete lack of the ability to think on the part of these uneducated dickwads who call themselves preachers. I read a sermon by one whose lack of knowledge was stunning. Irrelevant and obtuse connections and logic that would be found in most pre-schools was ignored.

PeaceWithHonor January 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Oh the dulcet tones of nullification.

Radiotherapy January 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm

What about kid robots?
Is he down with that too?
I'm waiting for Wonkbot TSA-1138's response.

skaboomizzy January 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Child labor is already a fact of life in Utah. A major credit card company hires 18-year olds to work their massive call center near Salt Lake City, and my employer used to screen the job applications. Dozens and dozens of kids who just turned 18 had worked five, six, seven jobs since they were 14. If you call into this card company and are relieved that you have an "American" on the line, odds are it's some high school kid working nights for money to spend on… well, whatever Mormon kids spend money on. Magic Underwear, I guess?

Fare la Volpe January 16, 2011 at 4:59 am

A dowry.

aqua_buddha January 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm

See his enlightened view of FDR, who is seriously to blame for the Bush Depression, Iraq, and the Tarp, or whatever.

We're just blessed to have *this guy* to set us all straight on that :

MinAgain January 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I've seen the way my 9-year-old nephew treats his action figures. I don't want him anywhere near the controls of earth moving equipment or deep fat fryers.

ChessieNefercat January 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Oh sure, coddle him all the way to being some sissified nancy-boy. You don't need 10 fingers or 2 eyes for every job, you know.

Tundra Grifter January 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm

It comes as no surprise to this reporter that Mr. Lee failed to get the facts correct.

The decision was 5-4. Mr. Justice Holmes, dissenting [joined by Mr. Justice Brandeis]
"The single question in this case is whether Congress has power to prohibit the shipment in interstate or foreign commerce of any product of a cotton mill situated in the United States in which…children under fourteen have been employed or children between fourteen and sixteen have been employed more than eight hours in a day, or more than six days in any week, or between seven in the evening and six in the morning. ..
"I should have thought that the most conspicuous decisions of this Court had made it clear that the power to regulate commerce and other constitutional powers could not be cut down or qualified by the fact that it might interfere with the carrying out of the domestic policy of any State….
"The act does not meddle with anything belonging to the States…when they seek to send their products across the state line, they are no longer within their rights…Under the Constitution, such commerce belongs not to the States, but to Congress to regulate."

sati_demise January 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

You LIE!

Beowoof January 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm

You are confusing these hillbilly, hick, asshole, Mr. Potter wannabes with facts. Most of them have no idea of what the constitution says or means.

NewYorkJew January 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Clearly his Daddy made him work all weekend long …

FlyOverGirl January 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Wow, Steele dropped from the RNC race.

sportshort January 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm

What do you mean the Loughner crazy boy isn't doing anything crazy? You ain't read the story about him posing for photos in a red g-string with his sexygun against his bewtocks that was intercepted by the peoples at Walgreens, where asshatchet took them to be developed? Dang. Well, look around Wonkers, you'll find it. Suriously. Here's a link.

neiltheblaze January 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Well, that settles one question – he's definitely a Republican.

marinmaven January 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I am not going to click on it. I think someone on Wonkette coined the term in regards to that midget who would be a miniature Hillary Clinton on the Youtubes, "There are things, once seen, cannot be unseen." So, true.

I have no doubt that in America, a mass murderer will not only practiced with 9mm since high school, have a creepy smiling mugshot, and have a picture of himself in a cross-dressing, gun-loving pose that was somehow found and kept by some minimum wage employee at a drugstore. This is America, all things are possible!

I read something about this on HuffPo and immediately navigated away for fear they will probably have an oversized version of it on the front page, because that is the crap they pull because they have no sense of decency. Blood libel, I know, but its the truth.

DustBowlBlues January 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

That even got the old man's attention and he normally ignores the news, when I'm not around, to act superior or something. Between the NPR news and switching from porn to wikipedia every time I walked through the computer alcove, the old man had a busy night.

weejee January 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm

This weenie Mike Lee's argument is so unbelievably circuitous. Clearly, Mikie knows circles very well, so it's likely he has frequently been called to eat the cookie.

edit: seems the trolls are taking exception to this Wikileaking about their cookie parties.

simplyblue7 January 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Really? You're going to go for the Child Labor law an example????

DonnyKerabotsos January 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Given the events of the past week, I'd like to propose that anyone whose first, middle or last name is 'Lee' should undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

SorosBot January 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Being named after a slave-owning traitor who is one of the more evil people in American history yet somehow admired by many probably means someone's parents were more than a little fucked up.

Though the rule should be amended to anyone white; we shouldn't sweep up Chinese and Koreans for whom the above does not apply because of linguistic coincidence.

natoslug January 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Likewise anyone who argues for a return to the Gold Standard.

twogoats January 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm

This argument could also help out the unfairly beleaguered owners at Massey Mining, what with intrusive gummit inspector types giving them shit about the safety equipment wasn't working before the explosion. Where in the Constitution does it say you gotta put that expensive shit in a marginally profitable mine? Huh? I didn't think so.

GOPCrusher January 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Maybe the clothing and shoe industries will bring manufacturing back to America!

ChrisM2011 January 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Well this is excellent news. I considered giving up on my dream of finding the remaining Sankara Stones but now it looks like it's alllll gravy!

snoopyfan2010 January 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I have no problem with his children working for the new Chinese overlords.

Beowoof January 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Well that is because knowing shit is Nazi and Gay. We all need much more common sense as Sarah reminds us regularly.

ChessieNefercat January 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm

But they'd be so good at cleaning cannon barrels.

Redhead January 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm

That's not fair, Jack.

He only wants child labor to be legal in certain industries. Like filming pornography, brothels, and rentboy websites. And only the male children, not the female.

Beowoof January 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm

He is a NAMBLA recruiter after all.

ttommyunger January 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Mike Lee, pussyfart extraordinaire, started work at an early age himself, sucking Orrin Hatch's tiny goober. So, he figures it didn't hurt him any, why not have everybody start work at the age of eleven?

VaWyo January 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Those polygamist men don't work at all. Instead they live off the welfare of their "wives". But that isn't enough anymore with the bad economy and all. So now the kids have to work too.

When they die they will all live together on their own planet, isn't that what they believe (this part isn't talked about much on Big Love, so I'm not sure). I don't think there is a ban on child labor in space Utah either. Poor kids.

OhNoGuy January 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Yea, I was expecting a stirring defense of Dred Scott next.

mrblifil January 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm

If child labor is so cool, why they gotta shoot all the nine-year olds?

Native_of_SL_UT January 14, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Fuck, I'm sorry.

user-of-owls January 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Who needs a canary when you've got plenty of 5-year olds?

fuflans January 15, 2011 at 12:37 am

mr fuflans and i just rewatched 'blade runner'. though no five year olds were involved, this seems pertinent somehow.

Negropolis January 15, 2011 at 1:20 am

As it inevitably always does.

V572625694 January 15, 2011 at 8:09 am

I was thinking of that when he said, "Yes, there were some disputes about a national bank, child labor, but the country wasn't destroyed." Until it almost was.

DustBowlBlues January 15, 2011 at 10:47 am

I suppose now we can begin the race to the bottom, like ND's and a couple of those little bitty states back east that all blend, you know–the ones who adopted zero regulations for credit card companies and banks, respectively. I'm assuming that Oklahoma will be ahead of the pack, making child labor equal the age of the child legal. You know: 12 years old, 12 hour shift, etc. Next will come selling medical insurance across state lines and the race begins again. After major surgery, if at least 60% of the bleeding from the incision is stopped, the patient is good to go.

Only the Teabag can save us.

transfatz January 15, 2011 at 8:01 pm

"The one thing needful" as I recall.

gvvt January 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Wikipeida: "The ruling of the Court was later overturned and repudiated in a series of decisions handed down in the late 1930s. Specifically, Hammer v. Dagenhart was overruled in 1941 in the case of United States v. Darby Lumber Co., 312 U.S. 100 (1941). The Court in the Darby case sided strongly with Holmes' dissent, which they named "classic". They also recast the reading of the 10th Amendment, regarding it as a "truism" that merely restates what the Constitution had already provided for, rather than offering a substantive protection to the States, as the Hammer ruling had contended."

That "truism" was, in fact, the sense in which James Madison introduced the 10th Amendment: "Perhaps words which may define this more precisely than the whole of the instrument now does, may be considered as superfluous. I admit they may be deemed unnecessary: but there can be no harm in making such a declaration, if gentlemen will allow that the fact is as stated. I am sure I understand it so, and do therefore propose it."

"BUT THERE CAN BE NO HARM IN MAKING SUCH A DECLARATION." Golly, they sure couldn't foresee the country they were creating.

SorosBot January 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm

The weird thing about these idiots who want to go back to the Lochner era is that it was an aberation; prior to the 1890s, the Court had an expansive view of the commerce clause and ruled against many challenges of economic regulations that claimed they went beyond interstate commerce, and the New Deal era repudiation of Lochner was really just a return to the original view.

Beowoof January 14, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Beautiful state, filled with blond haired blue eyed crazy people.

Negropolis January 15, 2011 at 1:21 am

Children of the corn, if you will. Even the imagery of the nickname "Beehive State" has Stepford connotations.

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