See the article: Vacationing a human right, EU chief says

I believe there is something about this being in an EU constitution or a UN charter somewhere in one of my old National Reviews. I might find it later.

Suffice to say that if something is a right it is either a natural right that is found in natural law and spelled out in philosophic effect and codified into a state, local, or federal law for the purposes of simple protection so that is not impeded on for individuals’ sake; or a right is a corollary of the options within an actual right and those corollaries can be restricted and exceptions made.

For example, the right of free speech as codified in the US Constitution really means that the federal government will not impede upon political speech and it actually will not protect an American from the consequences of saying the wrong thing to the wrong person at the wrong place as if you walk into a person’s home, call his wife a whore and then get ejected from the man’s home while venting blood out the nostrils.

I believe this sort of protection of rights is summarized as “negative rights”. The government will do its best to not impede so that we may act within various avenues while being safe from particular consequences or restriction.

“Positive rights” are actions that we may be allowed to take and possibly encouraged to take. Proponents typically insist that if someone is incapable of taking those actions using his own capabilities than the government is obligated to assist.

Therefore if the European government insists that its people have a right to vacation then wealthier taxpayers will assist citizens for trips away from work and routine even when vacations are not apt descriptions of the trip, given the respective lifestyles.

Antonio Tajani, the European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry, proposed a strategy that could cost European taxpayers hundreds of millions of euros a year, The Times of London reports. “Travelling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life,” Mr. Tajani told a group of ministers at The European Tourism Stakeholders Conference in Madrid on April 15…. “The commission is literally considering paying people to go on holiday,” Mats Persson, of pro-reform think-tank Open Europe, told Britain’s News of the World. “In this economic climate, it’s astonishing that the EU wants to bribe people with cheap holidays.”

Providence of stuff and services can be costly especially when it is not at all an investment.