I would have gone to the rally, but I had to work.

I think these guys want to turn us into France.

AJC: Rally for 5-day weekends comes to Atlanta

McCrerery, an actor who lives in Virginia-Highland, is head of an oddball campaign to shorten the nation’s workweek to two days. The “Friends of the Five-Day Weekend” movement kicked off in Asheville, N.C. last week and was in Atlanta’s Woodruff Park Tuesday around lunchtime, with bands, balloons and giveaways.

“Maybe our message is a little crazy,” said McCrerey. “But my response to that is our current situation is crazy. We need to fight crazy with crazy.”

He said a two-day work week may be a stretch, but he insists the nation’s economy could still function with fewer work days.

There’s no doubt work related stress causes health and family problems, but I think this situation would be better addressed by people scaling back their lifestyle as opposed to government mandate.

Government edicts requiring shorter work weeks hasn’t exactly helped France, and they won’t help us.

11 comments

  1. GAWire says:

    But, in France, the government driven standard has allowed for so much time for more constructive things for the people to do … such as bitching, complaining, and of course rioting.

    C’mon, guys … we could be just like them!

  2. Doug Deal says:

    Lifestyle scaleback would work better if we had nanny state rollback. Taxes are a main reason why people feel that they have to work so much.

  3. ocga78 says:

    Don’t take all this too seriously. The spokesperson is an actor, probably hired to promote tourism in Ashville. This is actually a brilliant ad campaign, designed to provoke reactionary responses—which it is certainly doing. (also see the AJC blog)

  4. Demonbeck says:

    Don’t forget buzz, that the French government drives down the unemployment because of its constant need to manufacture white surrender flags.

  5. shelbinator says:

    What in God’s name does “scaling back my lifestyle” entail? Not bothering with health insurance? Living on Ramen noodles? Please explain, so I might live more fully.

  6. buzzbrockway says:

    No shelbinator I was thinking stop giving money to Greenpeace, NARAL, etc….

    I was expecting support from the left for that comment as they’re normally the ones who call for people to stop unbridled consumerism, but hey ya’ learn something everyday.

  7. freeloader says:

    This stunt seems to be pure genius. You had the AJC covering it as if it were serious.

    You have to ask yourself, who has had the better ad campaign so far Asheville or Shirley and her rap song that was supposed to get so much “free-play” on the radio stations.

    Maybe the radio play would have come for the Brand Atlanta rap song if it had included more FU’s, mother-fu*%ers, etc… Perhpas Imus could have been a consultant for the song.

  8. shep1975 says:

    Les Etats-Unis la meme de la Republic de France? Non, ce n’est pas vrais! Nous travaillons dur cinq jours par semaine; les Francais le travail à peine!

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