From many perspectives, this proposal by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), known as the “Paid Vacation Act,” deserves the utmost contempt. (I want to use the term “logic-defyingly stupid,” but I won’t.)
1. Is there no end to Congress’ aspiration to micromanage us?
2. Does it never occur to Mr. Grayson that “France requires 30 days per year of paid vacation” is more damning than encouraging? (France’s annual average unemployment rate has hovered between 9 and 10% from 2003-2008. Over the same period, the United States’ unemployment rate has been just over half that.) The French may have some good things they can teach us, but how to run a national economy and how to manage a national labor force ain’t among them.
3. Does it never occur to Mr. Grayson that imposing more costs on business during a recession will make employment matters worse instead of better?
4. Is it not pretty obvious that if there were as much to be gained economically by the indirect effects of vacation as Mr. Grayson appears to believe, and it it were as obvious as he believes, businesses would probably already be doing this?