My contribution to Everybody Blog About Pigford Day is to re-embed this video:
If you have any interest in the Pigford story at all — even if you don’t understand it (perhaps especially if you don’t), you really, really should watch it.
As I said recently:
The video has to be seen to be believed. It shows someone coaching an audience on how to fill out the paperwork to get their $50,000 check. Watch the video to make your own judgment about the general attitude towards the truth in that room — both on his part, and on the part of the laughing audience. He tells people that there are four questions on the form, and that they must all be answered yes to get a check. He analogizes it to the four bases you must touch to score a run in baseball — and if all the bases aren’t touched, you go back to the dugout, meaning you don’t get a $50,000 check. He carefully explains that if they SAY they tried to farm, they DID attempt to farm, as far as the government is concerned. To call this a “wink and a nod” is being kind.
My most recent post on this video noted that it had only 891 views. Today, it has 1538. OK, that’s several hundred more views in a few days — which is a good thing, I guess — but the total number is still pathetic. Therefore, I am linking it again and all but insisting you watch it (to the extent that a smallish boutique blog owner can actually “insist” upon anything from his readers . . . which is not a very great extent).