Astroturfing: An artificially-manufactured political movement designed to give the appearance of grass roots activism.”

If ever you wanted to see a great example of “astroturfing,” then the video below might become a part of your permanent library. The Mackinac Center, a public policy think tank in Michigan, has uncovered an interesting little detail in the local carpenters union’s fight against a non-union developer: the union is hiring down-and-outs to do its picketing:

(H/T: Blaze Reader Pat)