A judge in Vermont is paving the way for new regulations that could allow child labor to be a legal reality as early as 2017. Sources close to the judge have said that he is willing to do whatever it takes to allow child labor back into America. His reasoning is that increased home costs and the fall of the value of the dollar, means parents will increasingly need help to cover the expenses of child care. The average American will find their monthly rent for a 3-bedroom apartment outside of downtown to be around $1420.84. The same American will find their minimum wage job only paying out around $7.25/hour. And as more and more people seek these jobs, and hours get cut, some people could be working as little as 20-hours a week. This leaves most parents possibly making less than $1,000 per month. With so many young parents unwilling to marry and stay with a single person for any length of time, this is making rent for all those children increasingly difficult to pay for.
“I don’t think forcing people to team up, as well as manage finances, is the right answer.” Said Ben Artoui*, from Maine. “I think it’s time that children started pulling their own weight in the household. If I have to pay more to feed them, they should have to work more to offset that cost, otherwise, it’s really not fair to me.”
This sentiment is echo’d by young parents across the country. And it’s this reason that a judge in Vermont is prepared to take steps to fight for child labor. While the judge would not allow us to even fake his name, citing security concerns, he was willing to talk with us on condition of anonymity.
“I’ve been a father myself, and it’s awful. Every day you wonder where the money is going to come from to feed all these hungry children that have invaded your home.” He said in our sit-down interview with the judge. “Other countries like China and Vietnam have been successfully allowing child labor for centuries. Why does it have to be such a taboo in America? When I was a boy, I used to work at a local tavern where they paid me secretly to clear tables and wash dishes. This experience really made me who I am today, and I didn’t even need to burden my parents with the need for an allowance. I can’t imagine what kind of pretentious, self-deserving person I might be if it hadn’t been for that job.”
Our polls show that most young parents agree, it’s time for child labor to solve our problems. Though, as a mild disclaimer we did still find that the survey option labelled “Is this question for real?” was checked about 25% of the time.
* Name changed for anonymity