- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 20, 2007

The good folks of Brentwood have made it clear to D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. that they do not want a day-laborer center in a Northeast shopping center on Rhode Island Avenue.

They have made it clear that they are outraged by Mr. Thomas” plan to set aside $500,000 in taxpayer funds to implement the project. They have protested before the D.C. Zoning Commission. They have voiced their objections in the press.

But Mr. Thomas, Ward 5 Democrat, presses forward, because he thinks on a higher plane than the good folks of Brentwood. He knows many of the day laborers are illegal aliens, and he knows many of them urinate and defecate on the properties belonging to the good folks of Brentwood, and he knows that if impotent lawmakers at all levels of government merely enforced the existing laws, there would be no illegal-alien mess in this nation.

They would have no place to work and no place to live, and soon, the United States would look a lot less inviting to the 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens gnawing away at our resources.

But our lawmakers, who purport to be in the public-service business, are not heeding the words of those who elect them to office. Mr. Thomas is not unlike so many other legislators at the local, state and federal levels. He blames the illegal-alien problem on some other part of the bureaucracy. He is merely trying to address a situation in the Home Depot parking lot, even if he is dead wrong, even if his constituents in Ward 5 do not want public funds being spent on an illegal-alien center.

We should throw all these bums out the next chance we get. We should throw out liberals and conservatives alike, specifically anyone who requires us to follow the laws of the land but then looks the other way if it is an illegal alien.

Mr. Thomas is no better than President Bush on the illegal-alien travesty. I am sure Mr. Thomas and the like-minded would be on my doorstep in an instant if I announced that I no longer was going to pay the personal property tax on my home.

That would be the law I would cherry-pick not to obey, with a P.S.: You can stick your property assessments where the sun doesn”t shine.

But, of course, that would be dumb on my part, because I was born in this country and do not get to flout our laws, any laws. Now, if I were born in Mexico or in one of the Central American countries and came here illegally, I could shout all day about my rights and there would be a pencil-neck lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union to take up my cause.

I could send my children to public schools on America”s dime. I could have their runny noses treated in the emergency room of the nearest hospital on America”s dime. I could find employment with those restaurant owners and contractors who want to save a couple of dollars on their labor costs.

I could hang out at the day-laborer center and read Spanish-language materials. And if anyone ever objected to my illegal existence, I would shout racism and bigotry, because that always works, especially around pathetic, whiny white people who have this profound sense of guilt.

Our useless lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are showering our dollars on illegal aliens, who turn around and wave the silly-looking flag of their country. Sorry. I forgot how it works. If they wave the flag of the country they abandoned, it is called pride. If Americans wave their flag, it is called jingoism.

Mr. Thomas undoubtedly expects the legal residents of the city to follow every last law. But there he is ready to reward lawbreakers. While he is at it, he might as well appropriate more of our tax money to equip the illegal-alien center with a health spa.

It is crazy.

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