Congress needs to take vacation from meddling

Freedom New Mexico

Disney theme parks are known for their thrilling rides, cutting-edge video performances, top-notch fireworks displays and souvenir shops.

At least one, Disney World in Florida, has an entire shopping district where visitors can leave with the signature mouse ears, high quality jewelry and anything Disney in between.

Among the many articles of clothing for sale, one T-shirt states, “I’m Grumpy Because You’re Dopey.”

Someone should send one to U.S. Rep Alan Grayson, the congressman whose district includes Orlando, who was struck with what he thought was a great idea while visiting Disney World: vacations for everyone.

Sounds great, right? Who doesn’t like a week away from the workday grind to unwind and get some fresh perspective?

The trouble with the Democratic freshman’s idea is it could have bad consequences for the very people he’s trying to help.

Earlier this month, Grayson introduced a bill that would require companies with more than 100 employees to provide each of them, whether they work full or part time, with a week of paid vacation each year, after a year of employment. Three years after the law would go into effect, that requirement would change to two weeks per year, and the law would expand to cover employers with 50 or more employees.

The idea has its merits. A news story on Politico.com says the Center for Economic and Policy Research reports that “28 million Americans — about a quarter of the work force — don’t get any paid vacation.”

The center says that causes stress and burnout that costs the economy about $300 billion a year. That’s a hit the troubled U.S. economy can ill afford. But there are negative results that could come from the proposal.

The National Small Business Association is concerned Grayson’s bill could cap the growth at some small businesses because they might keep employee numbers below the bill’s thresholds to avoid the additional costs.

In addition to the National Small Business Association’s concerns, the Society for Human Resource Management warned