Monday, April 19, 2010

Vacationing a “human right,” says EU chief

(Before you read this, please note that the parody lamp is NOT lit.)

My son-in-law in Canada forwarded this encouraging item that he came across in one of the newspapers up there.

All I can say is imagine the possibilities when you let devout socialists engage in “visioning” or any of the other forms of letting your thoughts wander out onto the j-axis and other places they probably shouldn’t go.

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.


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.

For those of you convinced that health care is a “human right” and that the federal government is the best choice for providing it, but that it isn’t socialism, and doesn’t pave the way for more such policies, what do you think of this new “human right?”

Think of the possibilities for our region; no need to “attract visitors” when a benevolent and fair government can ship them our way by the train-full!  I suppose it’s about time we had a “Vacation Csar” in this country anyway. 

Soon as I find out who it is, the gift baskets will start a-shipping.  I’m thinking of a “cross-cultural” experience with Italy for starters.  Last time we were there, we “appreciated their culture” big time.


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