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Vacations and minimum wages are ruining America

Original post made by Genius on Mar 13, 2013

If you're an American, it's likely been a while since your last paid vacation and your next one is probably a ways away.

That's because the U.S. doesn't have great vacation policies. Only 59 percent of U.S. workers have access to paid time off, according to the Labor Department. The U.S. is the only major developed country that does not require companies to give their employees a minimum number of vacation days.

In contrast, 60 countries, plus Hong Kong, require vacation time, according to the consulting firm Mercer.

Why? Because these paid, nonworking days that the unions are largely responsible for getting for their members in America contributes to inflation. American economists have determined that the best way to fight inflation is to cancel American workers' vacation days. "If we could cancel all paid vacations, and lower all workers' wages below the artificially established minimum wage, we'd be on the way toward an inflation free society," stated Milton Bondsman of Northern Alabama University. He continued: "Without so doing, employers are forced, absolutely forced, to raise prices that contribute to overall inflation rate."

Dan Wiener, citing oblique sources, stated that it is proven that paid holidays and vacations for workers makes them soft and, over time, is likely to turn them into "softies" like the French workers are. "We need work, work, and more work, and the lower the wage and fewer the vacations the better it is for employers, and that is really what counts in the end."

Comments (11)

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 14, 2013 at 9:58 am

oh my...i'll try my best today to figure out a solution today...thx for the heads up!


Posted by Gompers, a resident of another community
on Mar 14, 2013 at 10:04 am

'Tis not for nuthin' that they're called 'wage slaves.' Workers of the world, unite!

'Sweetheart deals' -- HA!


Posted by Paul, a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Mar 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Dear Samuel,

In a free society, people get to make as much money as they can and spend it on what they want. It is our most sacred freedom. If employers want to pay their workers slave wages, that's there freedom to do that. I ask you, what is more important than having a lot of money and being able to go to the mall and buy what you want?


Posted by Pleasanton Person, a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Well, over minimum wages and vacations are really low on list for what is important to this country.

Our number one issue is the amount of full-time jobs, whether they are minimum wage or not that have gone overseas. We are talking millions and millions of jobs and businesses.

So it doesn't matter if you are paid minimum wage or over or have a vacation or not - you have to have a JOB first!!!!


Posted by Mike, a resident of Charter Oaks
on Mar 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I'm not sure this "data" is not from a parody or spoof of something in the Onion. I don't know anyone that does not get a paid vacation. I will take somewhere around 4 - 5 weeks this year.


Posted by Minimum Wage Taxpayer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

@Mike - next time you are at the mall shopping, ask the cashier if he/she gets a "paid vacation". All those wonderful "minimum wage" earners get no paid vacations, and most don't get sick days. You work, you get paid minimum wage - you don't work you don't get paid. BTW if everyone went to college and got degrees, you'd have no one serving you your latte. And we already have enough new college graduates working in retail jobs, because there's no jobs in their field. Yes, I have a college degree...and I am not complaining about my job.


Posted by Minimum Wage Taxpayer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

@Mike - next time you are at the mall shopping, ask the cashier if he/she gets a "paid vacation". All those wonderful "minimum wage" earners get no paid vacations, and most don't get sick days. You work, you get paid minimum wage - you don't work you don't get paid. BTW if everyone went to college and got degrees, you'd have no one serving you your latte. And we already have enough new college graduates working in retail jobs, because there's no jobs in their field. Yes, I have a college degree...and I am not complaining about my job.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of Avila
on Mar 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

"If you're an American, it's likely been a while since your last paid vacation and your next one is probably a ways away."

But if you're a public employee union member you probably get three weeks vacation to start, 12 paid holidays plus three additional floaters (15 paid holidays), and 96 paid hours of sick leave that you can cash out if you don't use them.


Posted by Genius, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm

... which is awful, because that still puts even American public employee union members behind their European counterparts when it comes to such matters. And look how soft those Euros are! Ask them, and they'll even tell you their standard of living is far superior to ours. At least that's what the liberal loon survey polls show. Last I looked, USA was about 19th in quality of life and standard of living. We obviously don't want to go in THAT direction!

Here in America, we don't need no stinking vacations. Because we're tough. Most unions have been crushed, and rightly so. And that's why things like vacations are a thing of the past. When workers are given vacation time, the employers are compelled, absolutely compelled, I tell you, to raise costs of their products. So, because employers care so deeply for their consumers, they're increasingly scrimping on vacations. This makes for really happy consumers and increasingly disciplined workers who don't dare raise a peep for fear of losing their increasingly miserable jobs.

We need to be more like Texas. Or China.


Posted by Hey friend, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm

"... which is awful, because that still puts even American public employee union members behind their counterparts when it comes to such matters"

It actually even puts the people in CA that pay for these ridiculous public employee unions benefits well behind the three weeks vacation to start, 12 paid holidays plus three additional floaters (15 paid holidays), and 96 paid hours of sick leave that you can cash out if you don't use them. That doesn't even include pensions or the lifetime medical benefits that begin at what; age 50.

Maybe you aren't aware that European countries have their own pension problems? I don't mean to sound rude but nobody pays the benefits that California is paying.


Posted by Genius, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Yes, benefits, benefits, benefits. If this isn't the most horrific thing in the world, I don't know what is.

I don't think anyone in the world should be able to take a vacation until California takes care of its benefits. How does China take care of them? Or Indonesia? Obviously we don't want to end up like the Euros with their phony high standards of living and so-called quality of life.

How can anyone even think about quality of life when public employees are getting benefits? Because benefits are the most important problem facing this country today. How are multimillionaires in their million dollar mansions supposed to live when public employees are getting benefits? Cancel them all! Or whatever they do in China because it seems to be working. China goods are cheap, and that's the essence of freedom.


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