Monday, April 19, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Brussels Declares Vacation Time a Human Right

An overseas holiday used to be thought of as a reward for a year's hard work. Now Brussels has declared that tourism is a human right and pensioners, youths and those too poor to afford it should have their travel subsidized by the taxpayer.

Under the scheme, British pensioners could be given cut-price trips to Spain, while Greek teenagers could be taken around disused mills in Manchester to experience the cultural diversity of Europe.

The idea for the subsidized tours is the brainchild of Antonio Tajani, the European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry, who was appointed by Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister.

The scheme, which could cost hundreds of millions of dollars a year, is intended to promote a sense of pride in European culture, bridge the north-south divide in the continent and prop up resorts in their off-season.

So, what are your thoughts? What are the odds this will happen here?


Khaki Elephant said...

Sounds like the sense of entitlement that started a couple of World Wars over there.

Chuck said...

Khaki, agreed

Phill Senters said...

The odds are looking great for it with the mess of pinheads we have "running" this country in DC.

Mustang said...

//British pensioners could be given cut-price trips to Spain, while Greek teenagers could be taken around disused mills in Manchester to experience the cultural diversity of Europe.//

This is great news --if you are a French teenager and always dreamed of being the love muffin of an Egyptian camel dealer. See how well Socialism works?

MK said...

Pretty soon they'll be crowing that a car is a human right, never the right to speak freely or defend yourself with a gun though, none of those are 'rights'. Those euro-wankers are only interested in fancy ways of stealing money from people who work.

In a way i hope it happens, perhaps then the whole wretched thing will fall over and the rest of us might wake up before it's too late.

Brooke said...

It won't happen here, at least for a while. The Fed need us to support derelicts and all of their programs, after all.

Sam Huntington said...

I agree with Miss Brooke … there is no way Washington Marxists will allow Americans to vacation in Alberta at the public’s expense. They need those 53% of working Americans to continue their labors in order to support the 47% who do not pay any taxes at all. I don’t know about you, but this amazing statistic involving progressive income tax makes me feel warm and fuzzy … it makes me want to rush out and cast my vote for even more Washington Marxists.

shoprat said...

I won't argue about reasonable time off from work being something of a human right but paying for trips is just plain braindead.

cube said...

Once you start down the slippery slope of entitlements, it's next to impossible stop. The 'rights' just keep getting more and more outlandish.

Chuck said...

Phil, thanks for stopping by. Didn't you mean "ruining"?

Mustang, LMAO. Or maybe the camel?

MK, I've seen people here call a phone a "right". We have a lot of rights that aren't in the Constitution but the ones that are in there are ignored. It's an F'ed up mess here right now.

Brooke, that is the interesting part - who is going top pay for these vacations?

Sam, welcome. The day of reckoning is coming. These 53% aren't going to be able to keep it up forever.

Shoprat, Agreed - people do need a break. We shouldn't have to pay for their travel though. They should have to do like the rest of the deadbeats and sit at home and play video games while we support them. What is happening to today's losers?

Cube, agreed. Once we get rid of that pesky Constitution we can get down to endowing all kinds of rights.