Paid vacations, we want them, we need them

In honor of Labor Day weekend here is an important reminder of how poorly we treat the American work force.

The United States is the only advanced country in the world which doesn’t guarantee workers a paid vacation, but that isn’t because the idea is unpopular. An overwhelming 75 percent of Americans think companies should be required to provide paid vacation time to their employees, according to a new Huffington Post/YouGov. Only 17 percent oppose mandatory paid vacations, while another 8 percent are undecided.

In a sane democracy you would then expect such a law to be quickly adopted. It has broad popular support and we have plenty of evidence from other countries, like Canada, to study to see it wouldn’t cause any significant problems. There is no good reason not to adopt a similar measure.

When there is such a huge gap between what regular people want and what their representatives support, that is a sign of serious problems with political leadership.

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