Democrat visits Disney World, suddenly decides everyone should have paid vacations

posted at 9:11 pm on May 21, 2009 by Allahpundit

I always suspected this was how they came up with policy. One fun ride on the teacups and they’re ready to lay down a mandate for 300 million people. At least it was somewhere wholesome, though; imagine where Ted Kennedy must have been when he came up with all of his “good ideas.”

Millions of paid employee absences imposed in one fell swoop on business already struggling with the worst economy since the Depression. What could go wrong?

“There’s a reason why Disney World is the happiest place on Earth: The people who go there are on vacation,” said Grayson, a freshman who counts Orlando as part of his home district. “Honestly, as much as I appreciate this job and as much as I enjoy it, the best days of my life are and always have been the days I’m on vacation.”

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…

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.

We’re dead last in vacation time yet have the world’s largest GDP by far, and naturally Grayson wants to tinker with that by meddling with the market. I’ll give him this: He’s certainly grasped the basics of Obamanomics.

Update: Ah, now it all makes sense. No wonder Grayson was inspired. Meet “Robobama.”

The nation’s 44th president was in obvious distress. At least it looked like him. But with silicone skin and a tangled nest of wires for veins, this Obama was a 21st-century reproduction.

More specifically, it was an audio-animatronic representation of the president, as imagined by the Walt Disney Company, and assembled with the direct involvement of the White House staff — and of Mr. Obama himself. The president supplied not just his measurements, but he also recorded that speech (which was initially drafted by a Disney writer) — and yet another recitation of the oath of office, this one in Disney high-definition sound.

In that Hollywood building here, the life-size, three-dimensional figure was being put through its final tune-up, its chin rising and hands gesturing in response to technicians, in preparation for shipment to the Hall of Presidents exhibit at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.


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