Schools used to break for the summer so that kids could help work in the fields. While schools still adhere to this tradition, laws have made it nearly impossible for kids to work at all. The laws were put into place to protect children, however, the unintended consequence is that most businesses don’t want the headaches of sifting through a myriad of labor laws to bother with a person under 18. So those kids are left with a home that probably has both parents working and they have nothing to do. Of course our nation’s children have a drug problem. They’re bored and largely unsupervised.
At the age of 18 you are required to be available to serve and perhaps die to protect our country. You’re taught how to shoot a gun and participate in war, yet, in California, you can’t purchase cigarettes or drink alcohol until the age of 21.
On the other end of the spectrum at age 70 you are no longer considered eligible to be a juror in our judicial system. However, eight of our U.S. presidents have been nearly that age or older while governing the most powerful nation in the world.
None of this makes sense.
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