Rep. Keith Ellison thinks Americans work too much

Thomas Lifson
Appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Representative Keith Ellison went all in on the Democrats' new Loafer Nation strategy, denigrating work and celebrating those who choose to work less, and relying on the taxes paid by other Americans for essential components of their monetary support. In this view, work is for suckers, who deserve to pay for the leisure of others, apparently.

AWT Hawkins has an account of the appearance on Bretitbart. Responding to comments by Rep. Tom Cole, contending that taking workers out of the workforce was going to keep Obamacare a negative factor for Democrats,

Ellison countered that the CBO report on the reduction of hours worked means, "We are going to have parents being able to come home, working reasonable hours. People are going to be able to retire. People might actually be able to cook dinner rather than have to order out and get some takeout."

He added: "If you look at international comparisons country by country, Americans work way more that the average of industrialized countries around the world."

He said the report showing fewer work hours gives us the chance "to look at our work/life balance," which he described as "a great opportunity."

Well, it's not much of an opportunity for those of us who work full-time (and more) to take care of ourselves and our families, and who have to pay taxes to keep others in a "work/life balance" that they find more desirable than busting their butts the way we do.

As for the comparison to other industrialized countries, Rep. Ellison should read a little more deeply. For example, look at what happened when France went to a 30 hour week (it was a disaster, and the work week had to be increased). He should also look at the rising industrialized nations of the Far East like Taiwan. Singapore, and South Korea. These countries are eating our lunch when it comes to economic dynamism, and the idea of working less mand relying on other people's taxes to support  aligfe of leisure would draw guffaws.

Less work means less wealth. That is an ironclad relationship, because wealth does not derive from leisure. Rep. Ellison's and the Democrats' prescription is a way to ensure the decline in American wealth and happiness.

Appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Representative Keith Ellison went all in on the Democrats' new Loafer Nation strategy, denigrating work and celebrating those who choose to work less, and relying on the taxes paid by other Americans for essential components of their monetary support. In this view, work is for suckers, who deserve to pay for the leisure of others, apparently.

AWT Hawkins has an account of the appearance on Bretitbart. Responding to comments by Rep. Tom Cole, contending that taking workers out of the workforce was going to keep Obamacare a negative factor for Democrats,

Ellison countered that the CBO report on the reduction of hours worked means, "We are going to have parents being able to come home, working reasonable hours. People are going to be able to retire. People might actually be able to cook dinner rather than have to order out and get some takeout."

He added: "If you look at international comparisons country by country, Americans work way more that the average of industrialized countries around the world."

He said the report showing fewer work hours gives us the chance "to look at our work/life balance," which he described as "a great opportunity."

Well, it's not much of an opportunity for those of us who work full-time (and more) to take care of ourselves and our families, and who have to pay taxes to keep others in a "work/life balance" that they find more desirable than busting their butts the way we do.

As for the comparison to other industrialized countries, Rep. Ellison should read a little more deeply. For example, look at what happened when France went to a 30 hour week (it was a disaster, and the work week had to be increased). He should also look at the rising industrialized nations of the Far East like Taiwan. Singapore, and South Korea. These countries are eating our lunch when it comes to economic dynamism, and the idea of working less mand relying on other people's taxes to support  aligfe of leisure would draw guffaws.

Less work means less wealth. That is an ironclad relationship, because wealth does not derive from leisure. Rep. Ellison's and the Democrats' prescription is a way to ensure the decline in American wealth and happiness.