We Need a Permanent Vacation from Him and His Ilk

by Don Boudreaux on May 23, 2009

in Nanny State

Here’s a letter that I sent yesterday to Politico.com:

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has introduced legislation to force employers to provide up to two weeks of paid vacation for all employees (“Alan Grayson to introduce Paid Vacation Act,” May 21).  His rationale?: “There’s a reason why Disney World is the happiest place on Earth: The people who go there are on vacation.”

A lengthy article is required to enumerate each flaw in this goofy reasoning.  But I can’t help but wonder if Mr. Grayson’s Mickey Mouse idea has anything to do with the fact that the district he represents includes Disney World.  If he represented instead, say, Hollywood, he might conclude that, because people are in a good mood when attending movies, that Uncle Sam should force employers to give each employee a daily ‘movie break.’  And Jiminy!  Who knows what Mr. Grayson would propose if he represented Las Vegas?!

Donald J. Boudreaux


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