As Obama pulls the country closer and closer to the European model, we should all become aware of how far “ahead” of the US those European countries are. The European Union (EU) is the engine behind much of the change occurring in Europe and it never stops “progressing”.
Antonio Tajani, the EU commissioner for enterprise and industry, says “Travelling for tourism today is a right” and he has proposed to legally make it so (http://tinyurl.com/y28wmvv). Under his strategy, European taxpayers would have to subsidize 30% of the cost of vacations for “…seniors, youths between the ages of 18 and 25, disabled people, and families facing difficult social, financial or personal circumstances”. In order “to instill a sense of cultural pride in Europeans”, people would be encouraged to take these subsidized vacations within Europe.
I imagine the 47% of households in the US paying no federal income taxes in 2009 (http://tinyurl.com/ya3hkcy) would like to see Obama hurry to follow this lead, hopefully before summer arrives. However, the 53% paying taxes may not be in agreement, especially when many have been skipping vacations to help make ends meet. Nevertheless, it’s the price one has to pay to continually add “rights”.
Had this “right” been established already, the EU’s emergency meeting to discuss flight restrictions due to volcanic ash (http://tinyurl.com/y2fj88a) would have become even more critical. Would the EU have demanded flights to continue in order to ensure a person’s “right” to travel on vacation? Or would safety issues take precedence over such a basic human right? Perhaps one day, soon, we will find out which way they’ll roll.
David J. Hentosh