Yep I have walked the barn rails a few times myself as a young man. Cut and stuck, hung. Even picked strawberrys, detasseled corn, all that fun stuff. Its a different ballgame now.<quoted text>I've set tobacco when I was a little boy and the whole time I was growing up, planted corn by hand, bailed hay, worked in cotton in Texas, among many other jobs too numerous to mention. These type of jobs were always done by the youth of America, and not reserved for certain nationalities/
The kids growing up now are deprived of the opportunities to earn money pitching hay in barns or cutting and hanging tobacco, because it's all done with new-age slave-labor, and many are too spoiled to air conditioning and video games anyway. But the remaining fact is, many US citizens are being left out in the cold, while hoards of industrious and hard working Mexicans are wrangled into these jobs at the drop of a hat! The use of illegal immigrants are taking over almost all construction jobs even in my small town. It's not much different from what folks went through 150 yrs. ago, except on such a grand scale, maybe even worse.
The youth that has become non-participant in simple farm-work has lead to an almost defunct work ethic throughout the country, all the while wearing and using everything Wal-Mart has to offer.
I wish it would go back to the days when an honest days work brought you an honest days pay.
I might get my wish if things keep going like they are. The question is, will the new generation be able to handle it?