Ready for subsidized vacation?

April 21, 2010
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Just when you think life in Europe can’t get any easier, along comes the European Union’s commissioner for enterprise and industry touting subsidized vacations. You heard it right. The enterprise chief proposes raising hundreds of millions of euros through additional taxes to help the aged, young adults, the disabled and families encountering “difficult social, financial or personal” circumstances get out of town.

The Times of London quotes Antonio Tajani as saying, “Traveling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life.”

Tajani envisions the subsidies enabling people to leave their own countries and experience other parts of the EU. About 30 percent of travel costs would be subsidized.

Elevating vacations to rights status is certainly consistent with Europe’s emphasis on equality, says Elham Mafi-Kreft, a clinical assistant business professor at Indiana University. But the native of France also doubts the EU can continue piling on costs and weighing down its economy.

At some point, the EU must swing back toward efficiency and growth, she says. Europe can’t continue to afford the lifestyle it has built.

How much that pendulum should swing, though, will be determined by a society that works to live rather than lives to work.

“It’s a hard one to choose,” Mafi-Kreft says. “And it’s a very cultural one.”

What do you think about subsidized vacations? About Americans’ work-leisure balance?

  • ludicrous socialism
    This is where the Obama administration wants to take us. Soon we will be paying for other people's vacations....or maybe we won't even be able to choose where or when we travel based on some chart the new American Vacation Czar comes up with. Wake up people. Wake up.
    Sure it is tempting to think of money from the government for vacation. Sure we all probably stop and think how nice living in Europe could be with the lacks work schedules and focus on family and life enjoyment. However you don't become a world economic force or a leader in invention with that sort of work ethic. This is a free society... or at least it used to be. If we want to go on vacation then we need to make the choices so we can save money to do so. We all make choices in life that lead us to our financial, personal and work situations. This is how it is supposed to be. If we don't like our life...we have the right to work to change it to be whatever we want.... or course the key word there is "work". We all know that fewer and fewer people are wanting to be bothered with doing much of that. Now are economy is being dismantled piece by piece by this administration's socialist goals, and more and more poeple who actually want to work are finding it hard to find jobs. How does a goernment support an entire country's population once it has destroyed its economy?
  • Subsidized Vacations
    If you don't work, is it really a vacation?
  • Working for the Federation of Planets
    We can always stop off for a vacation on Reisa on our way back home from our latest trip through Romulan space.
    That is where I feel like we are headed... no one has a business of thier own as we all get to work for the Federation. We have almost no personal belongings, just an assignment, a place to sleep and all the replicated food we can eat, depending upon our level of duty ala Star Trek. Not feeling well, go visit Bones or Dr. Crusher, or maybe even the Dr. halogram program. Need some recreation, visit the holodeck. A real vacation, well, try to fit that in between assignments to Deep Space 9 or the latest Cardasian conflict. What a fantasy these progressives have dreamed up. Or should I say, what a crock!
    I was rasied by two working parents who taught me the road to success was through hard work. They taught me that I controlled my future by the choices I made. I chose to work hard in school to get good grades. I chose to go to college and again work hard to earn graduating with honors. I found a job at age 16 to earn spending money and before that I did chores because I was part of the family and extra chores to earn spending money. I also worked through college. I did not expect free hand outs or ever feel entitled. I have busted my rear end to earn the middle class lifestyle I enjoy! I can not imagine nor want the government to pay for my health care, vacations, housing, etc. I want to chose when, where, how and if I spend my money. Aed I sure as heck do not want to bust my butt work harder and earn less because my taxes have gone up to pay for someone elses vacation, heath care or to bail out a company that did not know how to manage themselves!!!!
    Accountability and responsibility are words that are disappearing from the lives of Americans, and are being replaced with words like 'bailout' and 'entitlement'. Those of us who are able to work have a sacred duty to use our abilities in responsible ways. Ways that respect the beauty of our world and the people who are not as blessed as we are and who honestly need our support. It is sad that some how we have so many people in all social stratas who have become so accustomed to 'handouts' that they don't stop to ask who is paying for the handout.

    Our country is losing its working middle class at an alarming rate. It is the middle class that gives us hope to change our lives through faith, prayer, and work. Without our working middle class the leap from poor to rich is too great a hurdle for most to take. May God help our working middle class to survive!!

    Just as the sum of all small business employees is greater than the sum of the giants, so are the tax revenues from the working middle class greater than the tax revenues from other sources. When the giants, like the government, become greater then our freedom to make our own choices will diminish. We can't afford to lose anymore ground. We have lost so much as it is due to entitlement mentalities versus a mentality of 'what can I do to help.'

    The greatest resource on the planet is human life! It is sacred and not to be wasted in idleness!! Work is energizing and refreshing.

    The next time we think it is okay to waste our lives in meaningless activities like watching tv or movies we need to get up and get moving..exercise, sweep the gargage, do something nice for someone anything that will make the world a better place!

    But please turn off the soul zapping tv! Okay if you must, check out the weather and big news events, and educational programs, but please be aware that most of what is on tv is stealing our souls and wasting our lives!
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