WUI (Writing under the influence)

Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.

I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.

This old house Grovenet Wal*Mart Visiting Poland American wine better than French.

Monday, September 18, 2006

 

You like long vacations?

Many people are envious of Europeans because of the long vacations they enjoy. Well, nothing is free. So many Europeans are looking at their free time as a liability rather than a perk.
According to the poll, conducted by market researchers Harris and the FT, a majority of workers in four of the five main economies of the European Union -- Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK -- support the idea that the government should not be allowed to dictate the numbers of hours a person can work in a week.
European workers may not even consider this but their attitude may actually be good for the economy.
According to media reports UK Employment Minister Jim Fitzpatrick plans to introduce legislation this October that would, for the first time, limit the amount of hours that 17,000 oil rig workers can put in. This promises to be a serious headache for an industry that has relied on its workforce to put in long hours on base in return for lengthy periods of leave.

Perhaps Fitzpatrick should read a recent report from the European Central Bank that suggested one of the ways to alleviate economic troubles caused by an aging and shrinking European population was to extend the hours people work. "A number of euro area countries have a large potential to increase labor supply by raising average hours worked and the effective retirement age," the report says

Such a move should encourage companies to hire from sectors of society that are underrepresented in the current workforce, such as women and older workers. The ECB believes this would improve the efficiency of the European economy and make it strong enough to withstand the demands of growing numbers of the retired.
Because whatever is good for an individual is almost always good for the whole society. This is why pure capitalism works so perfectly. Greed is good.

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