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Video: It’s ACORN All Over Again

Written by Gary North on July 19, 2012

James O’Keefe got his initial 15 minutes of fame with a video of him pretending to be a pimp with a supposed underage girl. He went to a branch of ACORN, which Obama had worked with in his community organizing days. It is a government-funded local community action organization. He asked for advice on how to get government funding for his small business venture. He got this advice.

Then he went to Breitbart, who posted it. The resulting publicity was so negative that Congress pulled the funding. ACORN is no more. It went out of business.

He is still at it. In this video, he pretends to be a representative of an organization looking for government funding. What does it do? It digs holes in the ground and then fills in the holes. He went to labor union leaders and told them he has trying to get money from the government to make jobs. The labor union representatives bought it, hook, line, and sinker.

What few people know is that John Maynard Keynes, in his path-breaking book, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (1936), proposed a variation of this same jobs plan. He said that the government could bury bottles filled with paper money, and then let businesses hire workers to dig up the jars.

You may think I’m kidding. I’m not. He wrote this:

If the Treasury were to fill old bottles with banknotes, bury them at suitable depths in disused coalmines which are then filled up to the surface with town rubbish, and leave it to private enterprise on well-tried principles of laissez-faire to dig the notes up again . . . there need be no more unemployment and with the help of the repercussions, the real income of the community, and its capital wealth also, would probably become a good deal greater than it actually is. It would, indeed, be more sensible to build houses and the like; but if there are political and practical difficulties in the way of this, the above would be better than nothing. (p. 129)

“To dig holes in the ground,” paid for out of savings, will increase, not only employment, but the real national dividend of useful goods and services. (p. 220)

Here is the video.

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8 thoughts on “Video: It’s ACORN All Over Again

  1. vietnamvet1971 says:

    Can we Say " Stick your Shovel ready Jobs" in the ground and pay $15 an hour to find some, dig, dig, dig, look, look,look, then cover back up and do not forget to Cover Up the BS Green Agenda of Lies & Distortions a great way to fool a lot of people BUT it does pay good. Isn't it great how our Big Bloated "Stupid" Government does not work.

  2. Dr. Barbara says:

    First let me say Thank You for your service to our country. My husband is also a Viet Nam Vet. I have nothing but respect for you war heroes. Next let me say that I agree totally with your assessment of our stupid government. Is there any way to fix this mess? Or should we just dig in (pun intended) and prepare to ride out the storm? Hey, I'm open to any suggestion that will get this mess over with.

  3. Dr. Barbara, just go to the local hardware store….oops, none of them survived. Ok, then just go to Wally, buy a shovel and make that dirt fly. Soon you’ll be living on easy street. I’ll even help you with your business card: Have shovel, will travel. That’s the way BO got his money, through hard work…..working the welfare system.

    I’m in that same sinking boat you are. I actually own several shovels and every year that passes I find myself less able to use them. Not having a job is so depressing I have a feeling my shovels will be fine long after I’m gone.

  4. Huapakechi says:

    Having had to deal with the idiocratic epa, I have to wonder if there will be an exemption for this dig and fill program because of the government sponsorship, or will there be decades of legal action and environmental studies prior to the first shovel of dirt being moved?

    I have a funny feeling that the only group to profit from this would be the lawyers. This brings another thought. Stuffing a lawyer, epa goon, or union official in each hole would be a net benefit for the nation. I could really like that.

  5. $15 AN HOUR? Those are starvation wages, beneath any real Union laborer! This kinds of jobs should pay at least $38 an hour! After all, it's UNION!

  6. Just a side note. Anybody else notice that big fat sandwich in front of the fat Union boss?? I wonder how many hot dots, corned beef, and DONUTS these fat slugs eat every day while they're doing Union 'bizness'?

  7. Idylewylde says:

    I'm refurbishing the Brooklyn Bridge with U.S. tax dollars just before I sell it off to the Muslim Brotherhood.
    Once the Jihadis own it, they won't blow it up because they'll turm it into a Shiria Toll Bridge .. plus I make a nice profit.
    You've probably seen my work crews refurbishing the bridge .. right?
    Okay .. maybe you didn't.
    It doesn't matter because, on paper, the job got done.
    Now, Mr. Tax Payer, open your wallet wide and say, 'Thank You. Job well done.'

  8. Idylewylde says:

    If you think the Brooklyn Brdige was a great scam .. uh, Federal contract .. you should see what I've got planned for the Statue of Liberty.
    I sold it to Vegas .. and Harry Reid is turning it into an adult theme park ride. It'll put lots of people to work, like Unionized psychic massage therapists, and it's government subsidized because it's a national monument.