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Blazing Saddles’ Potemkin Village

Remember Russia’s Potemkin villages?

The phrase “Potemkin village”…was originally used to describe a fake portable village, built only to impress….

The phrase is now used, typically in politics and economics, to describe any construction (literal or figurative) built solely to deceive others into thinking that some situation is better than it really is.

The modern Left is renowned for erecting Potemkin-esque faux support and supporters for its policy ridiculousness.

You want fake feet in the street?

Boom Times for Rent-a-Mobs  

These are busy – and profitable – times for rent-a-mobs. Just days after Black Friday protests against Walmart stores, many of the same agitators will be out again on Thursday protesting at fast-food restaurants in New York City and across the country.

We’re all supposed to pretend these are “organic worker “uprisings against exploitative employers; in fact, they’re all bankrolled by Big Labor and its allies.

Ferguson Protesters Now Protesting Over Not Getting Paid

L.A. Union Members, Activists to Caravan to Arizona to Protest Immigration Law

Very, very often – We the Taxpayers are picking up large swaths of the phony protest tab. And not just for the government-union “protestors.”

Obama DOJ Facilitated Anti-Zimmerman Protests with Taxpayer Money

DOJ Sends Taxpayer-Funded ‘Protest Marshals’ to Ferguson

Free Ride. Protesters Ride to Rally on Taxpayer Dime

Nothing like Leftists using government money – to lobby for more government money. That seems fair.

Want to vote to end this? It’s getting harder and harder to do so – because your vote is increasingly likely to be cancelled out by fake voters.

Dems’ Voter-Fraud Denial

Officials Found Guilty in Obama, Clinton Ballot Petition Fraud

Democrat Election Fraud in Arkansas is Tip of the Iceberg

4 Indiana Dems Charged with Election Fraud

Maryland Democrat Quits Congressional Race Amid Vote Fraud Allegations

Again, often our money is being used – to phony the vote.

The Complete Guide to ACORN Voter Fraud

They register dead people. But that’s not all.

Voter Fraud Expert: ‘We Smell ACORN’ in Georgia

Nevada Voter Fraud Law Upheld, ACORN Conviction Sustained

ACORN Continues to Receive Taxpayer Cash

When the Left isn’t using fake people – it’s generating fake votes.

Voting Machines in Maryland Change Votes For Republicans to Votes For Democrats

Video: Machine Switches Votes from Republican to Democrat in Illinois

Video: Pennsylvania Voting Machine Switches Vote From Barack Obama To Mitt Romney

This is Marxist de rigueur. So why would Media Marxists be any different? Of course they aren’t. Back in 2010, they did this:

Free Press and NTEN Con Nonprofits into Supporting Net Neutrality

Late last month, lobbyists for the pro-net neutrality movement began circulating a letter on Capitol Hill demanding the immediate passage of a law that would allow the FCC to regulate Internet broadband.

The letter, sponsored by media reformist groups Free Press and the Nonprofit Technology Network, featured over 160 signatories, among them the Dr. Pepper Museum, Planned Parenthood of North Texas, and Operation Catnip, a spay-and-neuter clinic in Gainesville, Florida.

If you’re thinking that the aforementioned groups don’t sound like the net-neutrality types, you’d be right. One signatory doesn’t remember signing anything related to net neutrality, and the other signatories contacted by The Daily Caller could not explain their support for Title II reclassification in fact, they didn’t even attempt to explain their support.

So who didn’t see this coming?

Fake Jim Beam Letter Reveals Quiet FCC Lobbying Campaign (Politico Pro pay article)

The lobbying effort came to light after one letter – ostensibly from famous bourbon maker Jim Beam – turned out to be a fraud….

Jim Beam’s corporate owner quickly denied penning or authorizing the June 24 letter….

(T)he letters are part of a widespread advocacy effort on the issue from public interest groups and trade groups….

COMPTEL defended the lobbying effort, saying that the group “is proud of these efforts.

The phone companies want to transition from 1930s circuit-switched wireline networks to state-of-the-art IP phone service. In part because…duh. In part because these old lines are WAY more expensive to maintain. Money dumped backwards down these imploding ratholes could be MUCH better spent advancing the tech ball – making things MUCH better and faster going forward.

But COMPTEL is fake lobbying with fake letters – for this very old technology. Because COMPTEL is apparently anti-science.

Who else is anti-science? The Communications Workers of America (CWA) – yet another union.

(I am of course kidding about “anti-science.” But see how silly that assertion sounds, ye of the Left?)

Why is the CWA anti-progress? Self-interest. Because most of the antiquated phone lines are unionized – and most of the modern lines are not. As we move away from the ancient technology – we move away from the CWA’s gravy gigs.

And all of this is on the heels of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unilaterally imposing 1930s landline phone line law onto the Internet (which is Network Neutrality on steroids). Which is anti-progress – but also really pro-authoritarian.

Ridiculously outdated technology. Imposed and propped up by lies – in defense of Huge Government and its Leftist cronies.

Because that’s progressive.

This first appeared in Human Events and Red State.