A drivers license to drive a tractor?
Concerned with the amount of farm equipment making short hops between fields and down public roadways, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering whether or not to classify agricultural machines like tractors as “commercial vehicles,” requiring a CDL to operate.
The requirements would subject farmers to the same rules governing truck drivers, requiring them to keep logs and limit their hours.
Farmers also fear the prospect of replacing family help with expensive professional drivers, something that could end up costing everyone — if it doesn’t break the bank.
“When you consider salaries and benefits and all the other things that go with hiring people that otherwise would have been doing by your family, well it’s just a more expensive proposal,” says Meister.
As public hearings on the issue are expected to continue, many like Schmalriede see it as more evidence of a meddling government interfering with the lives of rural America.
“I think they’re idiots,” says Schmalriede. “All we see in the news all the time is some idiot decision that they’ve made again. I think half the problem that this country’s in right now is because of all the regulations they’re trying to put on everything.”
Many others shake their heads at what they see as a bureaucracy that seems out of touch.
“We have lost our understanding of rural life and agriculture,” explains Meister. “I’m not saying that anything’s malicious at all, but they just don’t understand.”
Ohm they understand what they want to. And that is this. To the Leftists, people are not capable of running their own lives, raising kids, or fending for themselves. The Leftist are Collectivists, and they will never stop until everyone is subject to total government control.