One of America's leading authorities on technology and telecom policy, Motley is a writer, television and radio commentator, political and policy strategist, lecturer, debater, activist, and policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.
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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?
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.
Very, very often – We the Taxpayers are picking up large swaths of the phony protest tab. And not just for the government-union “protestors.”
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.
Again, often our money is being used – to phony the vote.
They register dead people. But that’s not all.
When the Left isn’t using fake people – it’s generating fake votes.
This is Marxist de rigueur. So why would Media Marxists be any different? Of course they aren’t. Back in 2010, they did this:
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
(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 imposing1930s 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.