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Mark these words

If the prosecutorial prowess of the office of the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia can’t take down Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Wal-Mart can.

The D.C. Council approved legislation that would force big-box retailers like Wal-Mart to pay their employees a minimum wage of at least $12.50 an hour. The current rate is $8.25.

As council member Yvette M. Alexander said during Wednesday’s session, “This is a jobs killer.”

Credit Ms. Alexander, too, for trying to table the measure.

Playing fast and loose, council Chairman Phil Mendelson, a progressive Democrat, and his fellow jackasses pinned the tail on another donkey — the mayor.

The mayor has options, and if he’s smart, he’ll be fast and furious in response since Wal-Mart rolled back the welcome mat.

1) Find his inner Marion Barry and prepare to issue a veto.

2) Do nothing, and face all the unemployed black folks who voted you into office hoping for a job, as well as the ones who lost a job after you got in.

3) Do nothing because you suspect federal prosecutors will soon be delivering you a writ regarding public corruption.

Do something, Mr. Mayor, because Mr. Mendelson has additional stick pins and he’s ready to aim.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at