You’d think they’d have better things to do with their time than to come up with nonsense like this. According to the National Post, taking a vacation will soon be a human right in Europe:
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.
This piece quotes another from the Times of London:
AN overseas holiday used to be thought of as a reward for a year’s hard work. Now Brussels has declared that tourism is a human right and pensioners, youths and those too poor to afford it should have their travel subsidised by the taxpayer.
Under the scheme, British pensioners could be given cut-price trips to Spain, while Greek teenagers could be taken around disused mills in Manchester to experience the cultural diversity of Europe.
…Tajani, who unveiled his plan last week at a ministerial conference in Madrid, believes the days when holidays were a luxury have gone. “Travelling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life,” he said.
This could cost Europeans hundreds of millions of pounds/euros per year. They claim that, in Spain (where a similar idea has been tried), they made €1.6 for every €1 spent. Maybe so. But that doesn’t make it a good idea over the long term. When you subsidize something, you get more of it, and free vacations are bound to be popular. Skyrocketing entitlement spending is hamstringing economies all over the world, and it hasn’t dawned on these people that a new entitlement (free vacations) won’t add to their problems?
It’s not enough to have a shorter work week. It’s not enough that double-digit unemployment is the norm. It’s not enough that the few taxpayers who are left are forced to pay for mediocre “free” medical care. Now these same taxpayers have to foot the bill so that 20-somethings can go on a 21st-century version of the Grand Tour. Give me a break.
While I love visiting Europe, I don’t want to live there. Unfortunately, a certain segment of the US population wants to bring Europe here, and I’m sure this is an idea that some of them can’t wait to look into.