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From the other side of the pond comes a story which epitomizes the entitlement mentality that’s pushing the Eurozone beneath a rising tide of red ink – and which is threatening to do the same to our nation (at least our public sector).

This week, the European Union’s “Court of Justice” ruled that workers all across the continent who get sick during their four to sick weeks of guaranteed annual vacation get to “retake” whatever vacation days they miss.

Wait a minute … four to six weeks of guaranteed vacation? We were clearly born on the wrong continent.

“The purpose of entitlement to paid annual leave is to enable the worker to rest and enjoy a period of relaxation and leisure,” the court ruled, according to The New York Times.  “The purpose of entitlement to sick leave is different, since it enables a worker to recover from an illness that has caused him to be unfit for work.”

“Consequently, a worker is entitled to take paid annual leave which coincides with a period of sick leave at a later point in time, irrespective of the point at which the incapacity for work arose,” the court concluded.

Wow … would Ferris Bueller have a field day with that law or what? Anyway, the suit in question was filed by department store workers in Spain who are … wait for it … unionized. Apparently this sick versus vacation provision was part of their collective bargaining agreement.

Of course the best part of the Times story was it’s last line …

“The ruling does not apply to the 25 percent of the Spanish labor force that is currently unemployed.”

Yeah … that’s where America’s headed if we don’t get our culture of entitlement under control, people.