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You are owed nothing

August 21, 2008 - Lee Smith
Gall: Rude boldness; impudence; audacity.

The word comes to mind as I read that several states, including Minnesota, have considered legislation within the past year that would force employers to offer paid sick days to their workers. Fortunately, none of the bills passed.

Behind these efforts are "advocacy groups" that apparently believe their members deserve privileges that someone else must pay for. This mindset astonishes me. I cannot imagine simply approaching another person and saying, "Hey, you owe me." Yet many people feel no shame targeting an employer this way. Often, they resort to the political process to get their way, as if this somehow cleanses their effort.

Businesses do not need new burdens and Americans do not need new entitlements that only prompt them to pursue even more. We're not the French, after all. If you have a job that does not offer sick pay, try to negotiate a better deal for yourself. If that does not work, seek new employment. Those are the ethical options.


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