Today’s AYFKM? Award goes to Non-Representative Alan Grayson (DPSP* – FL) for coming up with the idea, and actually putting a bill forward that mandates paid vacation for workers at companies with 100 or more employees.
Yes, you read that right. The hamsters on crack in the house have jumped on the “mandate everything about the private sector whether it is constitutional or not” bandwagon. As soon as I find an actual bill number, I will let you know. The bill, H.R. 2564, is here. Take a gander at the excerpt, and then the monster’s response at what we should actually do.
Remember, this is coming from another Harvard educated attorney and member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; you should know what that means by now.
Alan Grayson to introduce Paid Vacation Act
Rep. Alan Grayson was standing in the middle of Disney World when it hit him: What Americans really need is a week of paid vacation.
So on Thursday, the Florida Democrat will introduce the Paid Vacation Act — legislation that would be the first to make paid vacation time a requirement under federal law.
The bill would require companies with more than 100 employees to offer a week of paid vacation for both full-time and part-time employees after they’ve put in a year on the job. Three years after the effective date of the law, those same companies would be required to provide two weeks of paid vacation, and companies with 50 or more employees would have to provide one week.
The idea: More vacation will stimulate the economy through fewer sick days, better productivity and happier employees.
According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, 28 million Americans — or about a quarter of the work force — don’t get any paid vacation. The center says that a lack of vacation causes stress and workplace burnout and that those evil twins cost the economy more than $300 billion each year.
One more if-you’re-reading-this-then-you’re-probably-not-on-vacation fact: The United States is dead last among 21 industrial countries when it comes to mandatory R&R.
France currently requires employers to provide 30 days of paid leave.
And how’s that working out for France, their economy, and their protestors?
Not surprisingly, some in the travel industry are salivating over Grayson’s bill; Grayson spokesman Todd Jurkowski said the U.S. Tour Operators Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association are both on board. Other tourism and labor groups are expected to sign on in the coming days.
The U.S. Travel Association has not yet endorsed the measure, but Senior Vice President Geoff Freeman says Congress does need to consider new ways to stimulate the vacation industry and travel economy.
So far, no group has come out in opposition of the bill. Nor has anyone announced opposition to roller coaster rides, cookouts on the beach or salt-water taffy on the boardwalk.
I am not a group but I am completely opposed to this bill and not because I am a mean, blackhearted, capitalist either. I receive a week of paid vacation that I can never use because that money needs to go to pay for other things besides taking trips because the cost of living just keeps going up because of more and more debt being racked up by the Republicans and the Democrats.
The Society for Human Resource Management issued a statement Wednesday warning that “a one-size-fits-all, government-imposed mandate is not the answer.”
Because of the 50- and 100-employee thresholds, most small businesses wouldn’t be directly affected by the bill immediately. But the National Small Business Association warned of indirect consequences; companies might artificially hold their hiring at the 50-to-100-employee level to avoid the costs of paid vacation time.
The bill also could have a negative impact on manufacturers already bracing for higher costs that could be associated with the climate-change legislation working its way through the House.
Can anyone show me where in the Constitution it states that the federal government can mandate another private sector issue? Please do not use any of the other previous mandates as precedent, due to the fact that they are as unconstitutional as this crap. Anybody? Anybody?
Free enterprise dictates that companies who provide excellent benefit packages, usually get the best employees and have the lowest turnover creating just one component of a successful business that provides for it’s owners, employees, and shareholders. Crappy companies and business owners that treat their employees like slaves usually do not last.
This bill is just one more way to strangle the free enterprise entrepreneurial spirit of America and demoralize the average American through SHEER STUPIDITY; no malice intended.
I have a better idea to put more money into our pockets and free time with our families:
- Get rid of the Federal Reserve that prints our money and then charges us interest to use our money = more money in our wallets.
- Get rid of the IRS and the Federal Income tax which is soaking average Americans and the businesses they are trying to grow. Institute a percentage of state income taxes that are sent onto the feds to cover elements that actually do cover state borders – like the military, etc. = more money in our wallets and state sovereignty.
- Fire the Democratic Progressive Socialist Congress that thinks it knows better than we about how to spend our money! = more money in our wallets.
- Rollback every single measure that has been passed by the Federal Government that is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! I am sure there will be quite a bit of savings there = more money in our wallets.
I have quite a few more ideas, but I think I will leave it at that.
*Democratic Progressive Socialist Party
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We need to go back to 1873. That is when congress went rogue and left the constitution behind. Every bill, code, law, and act compiled by these lunatics since then is illegal. This is just one more example of all of the ways that congress has lost it’s collective mind, if it ever had one (just one amongst all 543 of them).
This just gets my goat. How dare they stick their noses further into private industry. Industry is already suffering enough from all of the burdensome things congress has done to private businesses already. These fools seem like they can not collapse this country quick enough. We have never had a “free market” economy with all of the regulations that these people have installed to date. The definition of a true free market is one with little or no regulation. Let the companies decide what perks they will provide to their employees and then let the employees decide where they want to work.
This guy IS a DORK!!!!
This sounds like a Mussolini move. This is Fascism to the core. The only diff between fascism and communism is the illusion of property ownership and self destiny.
It never ends with the Democrats- one stupid idea after another. C-span has a ‘fun’ video of the Democrats trying out their speed reader for the cap and trade bill. Another bill that will cost all of us hugely- and they are yukking it up- they think it is funny that none of them will have time to read the bill and that none of us will know what is in the bill.
How’d you like to be a real estate broker that’s already been crushed by both the economy and the housing market, then find out that you have to give a week’s paid vacation to people who already work only when they want to (because you need more than 50 agents working for you to turn a profit these days – the typical agent makes less than $20K per year)?
Or perhaps a commercial paving company, a landscaper, or a tax preparer suddenly forced to pony up for a bunch of seasonal workers?
Is there even one waking moment these asshats have where they don’t try to drive work and wealth out of this country?
They’re moving fast and furious. No time to waste. The sheeple will think that the government is being benevolent, i.e. looking out for their best interest. So surprised they will be when they wake up and see they are no longer free. And that is not too far into the future (maybe 3 years?).
I wish we had enough money collectively to start our own network. The closet thing we have to media coverage/truth is through Glenn Beck. But even he has his hands tied, by having to act like a goofball at times so that many may not see that he is a seriously concern citizen.
Nope they are just a bunch of lemmings following the fraud in the Oval Office ove a cliff. And may remain at the bottom of that cliff…as in fire the bast%^ds!
As long as they are passing unconstitutional legislation let’s just ask them to pass a bill setting a cap on earned income for millionaires: they have to work for free in order to avoid paying for taxes over (pick a number – say 1 million or 20 million if you feel generous). I’m pretty sure that those who are getting perks for being tied up in the gov’t and business don’t need any more money to keep living well and jerking the rest of us well. I could certainly live well with a million dollars in the bank – maybe just on the interest alone. And I still get to take a week’s vacation.