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Old 04-21-10, 01:34 PM
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EU: Going on vacation is a human right

The European Union has declared travelling a human right, and is launching a scheme to subsidize vacations with taxpayers' dollars for those too poor to afford their own trips.

Antonio Tajani, the European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry, proposed a strategy that could cost European taxpayers hundreds of millions of euros a year, The Times of London reports.

"Travelling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life," Mr. Tajani told a group of ministers at The European Tourism Stakeholders Conference in Madrid on April 15. Mr. Tajani was appointed to his post by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The plan -- just who gets to enjoy the travel package has yet to be determined -- would see taxpayers footing some of the vacation bill for seniors, youths between the ages of 18 and 25, disabled people, and families facing "difficult social, financial or personal" circumstances. The disabled and elderly can also be accompanied by one other person. The EU and its taxpayers are slated to fund 30% of the cost of these tours, which could range from youth exploring abandoned factories and power plants in Manchester to retirees taking discount trips to Madrid, all in the name of cultural appreciation.

"The commission is literally considering paying people to go on holiday," Mats Persson, of pro-reform think-tank Open Europe, told Britain's News of the World. "In this economic climate, it's astonishing that the EU wants to bribe people with cheap holidays."

Mr. Tajani said the program will be piloted until 2013, and then fully launched.

Intended to instill a sense of cultural pride in Europeans, Mr. Tajani's human-rights travel will also help bridge the continent's north-south divide and pad resorts' business in their off-season, the Times reports.

Northern Europeans will be encouraged to visit southern Europe, and vice versa. Mr. Tajani wants to ensure people's "right to be tourists" remains intact.
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-p...tml?id=2923469

I think it's time to come up with a new list of stuff that ISN'T a basic human right.
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Re: EU: Going on vacation is a human right

Well, good for the EU.
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Re: EU: Going on vacation is a human right

I'd be happy with more than 10 days of paid vacation.
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I'm guessing this idea will be very popular among the residents of Portugal, Italy, Spain and especially Greece----not so much for those stingy Germans who have to pay for it.

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Is tourism in EU doing that badly that they need to subsidize it now? I guess we can't complain too much, seeing as how we subsidize so many industries here with taxpayer money (like Cash for Clunkers). Though in this case, they seemingly made sure travel stays within the EU.
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I wish more of an emphasis was placed on travel and leisure time in this country rather than the bleed you dry mentality that seems to be more prevalent.
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I'd be happy with any paid vacation. Fucker.
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Re: EU: Going on vacation is a human right

Originally Posted by Tracer Bullet View Post
I'd be happy with more than 10 days of paid vacation.
Don't worry. You'll get it - we're just a decade or 2 behind the EU on such things.

I've got more vacation time banked than I know what to do with it. Using 4 days starting Friday though. Vegas, baby!

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I'd be happy with any paid vacation. Fucker.
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You seem to get plenty of R&R on the clock
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I'd be happy with any paid vacation. Fucker.
It sounds like your boss is an asshole.















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It sounds like your boss is an asshole.
















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Free healthcare, free college educations, free child care, and now free vacations. What the hell is their problem?
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Free healthcare, free college educations, free child care, and now free vacations. What the hell is their problem?
Free?

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No one is writing a check every week. They are paying higher taxes and not feeding a giant military machine.
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They are paying higher taxes
so it's not free.
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Really? And they don't hand our lollipops and unicorn tshirts? Thanks for the info.

In all seriousness, yes, for some it is essentially free. It's that whole Robin Hood thing you guys seems to despise so much.
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Originally Posted by Lemmy View Post
Join a union, you get one every year, no waiting period.
Right now I have none. The store where I work almost shut down last year, and all of our benefits were taken away to keep the place open. However, I just finished my teaching certification, so once I get that job, I will have plenty of vacation!
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so the guy who doesn't like being called a "radical liberal" loves the idea of rich people paying for poor people's vacations.

interesting.
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In all seriousness, yes, for some it is essentially free. It's that whole Robin Hood thing you guys seems to despise so much.
It certainly is free for some. And as I alluded to earlier in this thread, you just need to give your motivational speech to the Germans.
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I'm pretty sure history has shown that Germans can be persuaded to do ANYTHING with the right motivational speech.
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so the guy who doesn't like being called a "radical liberal" loves the idea of rich people paying for poor people's vacations.

interesting.
Everyone in Europe is a "radical liberal?" It must be miserable there! Everyone must want to leave!
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I'm pretty sure history has shown that Germans can be persuaded to do ANYTHING with the right motivational speech.
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Everyone in Europe is a "radical liberal?" It must be miserable there! Everyone must want to leave!
when did I say that everyone in Europe is a "radical liberal?"
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There are people that think taking a vacation is a human right! Now I've heard everything.

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