George W. Bush was well-known to have taken afternoon naps during his time in the White House. We wonder if his brother Jeb knew that?
The presidential hopeful is coming under fire for comments he made about how Americans should be working more hours, even though a Gallup poll conducted last year found that U.S. employees work an average of 47 hours weekly. 18 percent of full-time employees report working more than 60 hours.
Here’s what Bush said in a recent interview with New Hampshire Union Leader:
“My aspirations for the country, and I believe we can achieve it, is for 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive. Workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and through their productivity gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we are going to get out of this rut that we’re in.”
In Jeb's world, afternoon naps are clearly off the table.
Needless to say, the Democrats are pouncing all over Jeb’s pronouncement. A statement released by the Democratic National Committee described it was “easily one of the most out-of-touch comments we’ve heard so far this cycle,” ABC News reports.
In response, a Bush aide clarified his comments, and said he was referring only to underemployed and part-time workers. Which still misses the point.
Whatever his actual intentions, Bush 3.0 should be more careful when venturing into this territory. His competition, Hillary Clinton, has taken a firmly pro-sleep stance in her campaign. Maybe she knows that getting a good night’s sleep can increase worker satisfaction and, by association, our productivity as good Americans.