I remember last year replying to one of Muirgeo’s mindless rants about unemployment ( I kept my dealings with him at a minimum, deducing early on the pointlessness of the endeavor) that the unemployment problem could be solved very easily. Using Americorp or something similar the federal government could fund a program where anybody that wanted a job would be hired at $25 bucks an hour (probably the sum necessary to get the real slackers off of the couch). All would be working an 8 hour day where the first hour they would dig holes with a shovel and the second hour they would fill those holes up (accounting for 10 minute breaks in between of course), and this cycle would continue 4 times a day, ending up where all the holes were filled as to not expose anyone to the hazards of an unfilled hole while walking home. If full employment was your goal, presto chango, America is back to work again, Hallelujah.
Proud of myself in solving one of the country’s stickier issues I retired for the day with a cold one, not expecting anyone to see my brilliance and act on it. Well, someone has found that nut after all. If you think giving a man a fish is a good idea, wait till you see what he does with a shovel:
Finally, some people are using their head. With minimal training (this is the end with the handle, this is the end with the spade, insert the spade end into soil, congratulations,honor student) and for the price of a shovel (union made shovel, made right here in America of course) unemployment will be a thing of the past.
I realize that the video was meant to embarrass the union officials, make them out as some kind of dishonest unethical thugs, but really, their job is to service and elevate their members, not tax payers. This is the status quo. It matters not that the jobs are phony, useless, or redundant with other jobs, getting the members paid doing anything at all is the stated goal.
Whether it is about union corruption, as the byline states, I don’t know, this is how the wheels are greased in big labor. Public funds are there for the taking, qualifications are more of an after thought. But the union guys are right, it is all about the jobs, everything else is secondary.