Here is some great suggested legislation for our troubled times. A free lunch everyday for every American. Freedom from hunger should be a “living constitution” right. What’s that you say? No such thing as a free lunch? No free lunch how about a free paid vacation?
While visiting the happiest place on earth, Disney World Orlando, Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fl, had a classic free lunch epiphany. What if paid vacations were to be a mandatory employer provided benefit? Rep. Grayson has decided to introduce the Paid Vacation Act to correct this grievously wrong situation where employers deny employees paid vacations. His proposed bill would provide for one week paid vacation for each employee of businesses employing 100 or more employees. After three years on the job each employee would be eligible for two weeks paid vacation. There are also provisions for companies employing 50-100 employees.
Rep. Grayson has determined that his enlightened legislation will stimulate the economy. He believes that the legislation will create happier, more productive employees who will use fewer sick days. We could be just like Europe. France mandates that all employers provide a 30 day paid vacation for all workers. Despite all that mandatory “happiness” they riot, strike and demand more. Unions and mandatory employee rights are sinking the French economy.
Rep. Grayson was quoted as saying, “There’s a reason why Disney World is the happiest place on Earth: The people who go there are on vacation. Honestly, as much as I appreciate this job and as much as I enjoy it, the best days of my life are and always have been the days I am on vacation.”
Whoa, Big Bubba sees some common ground here. I think I would be happier as well if Rep. Grayson, and the rest of Congress, would spend more time on vacation rather than being in session trashing the Constitution of the United States. Someone, please, show me the appropriate citation from the Constitution making it the business of Congress to ensure happiness supposedly through free vacations.
The Declaration of Independence declares as a self evident truth, and inalienable right, the pursuit of happiness. Do we really need Congress to help us in the pursuit of our inalienable right to happiness? Our modern Congress has proven more of a taker than a giver when it comes to happiness.