We’ve written about just how great unregulated capitalism can be HERE…but I’d like to expand on that a bit here. This chart so clearly crystallizes just how ridiculous America’s continued fetish for unregulated capitalism has truly become. Out of ALL of the countries in the modern industrialized, developed world….America is the ONLY country not to have a guaranteed # of days off for workers. So – if you work at a grocery store as a clerk…your ability to get paid vacation is dependent upon whether or not the company you work for would like to offer that. Businesses are built to maximize profits…governments are supposed to protect the people. And in that regard – the American government is failing EXCESSIVELY.
Mother Jones adds:
Americans now put in an average of 122 more hours per year than Brits, and 378 hours (nearly 10 weeks!) more than Germans. The differential isn’t solely accounted for by longer hours, of course—worldwide, almost everyone except us has, at least on paper, a right to weekends off, paid vacation time (PDF), and paid maternity leave. (The only other countries that don’t mandate paid time off for new moms are Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Samoa, and Swaziland. U-S…A?)
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