Going through family papers I ran across an old obituary for my great-grandfather, "Whistlin Jack" Proctor. He died in England in 1895, at the age of 39 after working 28 years on the railroad. That's right, he started working full time at the age of 11.
Both of my grandparents were taken out of school at the age of 12 and forced to work in "the mill."
The appalling factory conditions haunted my grandmother until the day she died in 1971.
In the early 1800s boys and girls as young as 5 worked in the coal mines. Despite this practice being good for business, the nanny Parliment stepped in and gradually raised the minimum age of those young workers.
I believe 19th century England is every Tea Party member's envy: no labor laws, no safe work practices, no minimum wage, no medical coverage, no pensions or Social Security, nothing but unregulated capitalism at its finest. In other words, profits before people.
You can learn more about what I believe is the Tea Party's vision for America by reading any of Charles Dickens' novels available at your local library.
"Great Expectations" is always a favorite.