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Fox’s John Stossel: Shouldn’t Parents Be Free to Let Children Work ‘If the Kids Are Not Slaves?’

Raising the federal minimum wage has been in the news quite a bit lately, but over at Fox News, host John Stossel has a different idea of a minimum wage, and a minimum age. In a panel discussion with Rich Benjamin, Stossel drew the line, not at $7.25 an hour, but at anything that is not slavery. He asked Benjamin “Parents want their kids to work, if the kids are will… are not slaves, shouldn’t people have free choice?”

Benjamin responded by doubling back to something Stossel had said earlier, and didn’t address Stossel’s proposition for child labor.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich made a series of comments suggesting that child labor laws be rolled back, and more recently, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) proposed making schoolchildren perform menial labor in exchange for government-subsidized school lunches.

Here’s the clip, from Fox News:

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