The US has finally - FINALLY - opened up to considering joining the rest of the developed world by bringing the Paid Vacation Act of 2009 to Congress. While my first reaction is that a single week is still rather paltry by comparison, my official position is that I'll support anything that is aiming us in the right direction. And I sincerely didn't think a bill proposing a single week of paid vacation would ruffle many feathers at all. I was shocked that it did. I'm even more shocked that these arguments are now properly threatening this bill.
If you want to educate yourself about the bill, click here. If you want to see the revealing statistics on how sad American paid vacation currently is, click here. And finally, a great rebuttal to all the arguments against the bill.
To any American reading this post, I plead for you to seriously consider using your voice. Consider that this could open up other opportunities as well, including increased maternity leave for mothers and fathers. If you support this act, please contact your House Representative as well as your Congressman/woman and urge them to pass this bill.
And to all the people opposing a simple week of vacation: WOW, you need it more than the rest of us!