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EU Declares Vacationing is a Human Right


Isn't it great that we can just DECIDE what our rights are?


The plan would see taxpayers footing some of the bill for families facing "difficult social, financial or personal" circumstances Photograph by: fotolia, fotolia 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.

"Travelling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life," Mr. Tajani told a group of ministers at The European Tourism Stakeholders Conference in Madrid on April 15. Mr. Tajani was appointed to his post by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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.

"The commission is literally considering paying people to go on holiday," Mats Persson, of pro-reform think-tank Open Europe, told Britain's News of the World. "In this economic climate, it's astonishing that the EU wants to bribe people with cheap holidays."

Mr. Tajani said the program will be piloted until 2013, and then fully launched.

Intended to instill a sense of cultural pride in Europeans, Mr. Tajani's human-rights travel will also help bridge the continent's north-south divide and pad resorts' business in their off-season, the Times reports.

Northern Europeans will be encouraged to visit southern Europe, and vice versa. Mr. Tajani wants to ensure people's "right to be tourists" remains intact.


You are talking about Europe, where every luxury is a right. This is nothing new. I hope Obama isn't paying attention, since he loves European policies.


The trouble with all these Socialists is that they never define human needs ON PURPOSE. If someone says: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.", who defines what is a legitimate need (food, meds, and such)? Who decides if someone is working according to his ability? And what if someone doesn't WANT to work according to his ability? Do they get sent to a work camp?


this reminds me of Animal Farm...


In other news Vegita declares that banging a new perfect 10 virgin every day is his right. If he cannot accomplish this on his own, the government MUST help him achieve this most basic human right. Government, I'll take a blonde first please.




and unlimited beers for me and my homies.



..and how does the wife feel about this?


Poor old Boxer


I saw this on Drudge the other day. You really have to wonder who votes in/appoints these idiots. There are countries in the EU that are bankrupt but hey let's pay for people's vacations now. Dumbasses.


Uh, don't look now, but we are marching right down this path. They're a just a bit further ahead.


Oh I know. I am fully aware that we're not very far from that.


Most countries in the EU are actually very fiscally sound. There are some pretty harsh debt:GDP requirements necessary to be in the EU proper.

It's other countries not in the EU that are hurting that region tremendously.


It won't be called a work camp. A euphemism will be used.

Maybe the penalized will pull the subsidized vacationers around in rickshaws. But they won't be called rickshaws.


No, they'll be called complimentary correctional conveyances or CCC's for short.


where else do rights come from?



The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, - That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. >>>


Nationalized union break.

I think you know what comes next.


From being born.


I wonder what the costumes will look like...


Depends where you are born, then.