Senator Heller’s Nostalgia for the Good Old Days of 1896

Child LaborWho knew Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) was so nostalgic for the Good Old Days?  Senator Heller is one of the co-sponsors of The Tea Party Darlins’ shiny new bill to bring back the Glorious Early Days of the Industrial Revolution.   Senators Coburn and Paul have  introduced the Enumerated Powers Act of 2013. This bill gives members of Congress the procedural tools necessary to stop unconstitutional legislation. And what is “unnecessary?” [TP]

The third part of this truly unbelievable bill is a gateway to the past — “3)      Prohibits the use of the Commerce Clause, except for “the regulation of the buying and selling of goods or services, or the transporting for those purposes, across boundaries with foreign nations, across State lines, or with Indian tribes…” [Coburn]

So, let’s declare unconstitutional some of those little irritants that so burden the Titans of Industry, things like:

Child Labor Laws

8 hour days


Overtime Pay

We should all be so grateful to our corporate masters that we should revert to sub-menial jobs with 12 hour shifts for 75 cents an hour instead of participating in a pension plan.

Liability for Industrial Accidents

Sweatshop regulation

Strikes and job actions

Master contracts

Sexual harassment and discrimination statutes

Minimum wages

In Senator Heller’s Ideal World if your boss wants to institute 12 hour shifts with no overtime pay — that’s perfectly all right.  If your daughter’s boss harasses her in the work place — she’ll just have to quit to be rid of him.  If your son’s employer wants him to drive his big-rig long into the day and night — so be it.

If your wife’s minimum wage job pays $1.25/hr. she should be grateful to have any job at all.  If you are injured on the job and are unable to work — that’s your problem.

If you’ve not read Otto Bettmann’s “The Good Old Days, They Were Terrible,” run — don’t walk to your nearest library or bookstore and get your copy today — it will explain just exactly the working conditions Senator Heller thinks are appropriate for the 21st century American worker.

Now, are there any questions about who Senator Heller represents in the U.S. Senate?

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