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Make as many people dependent on government as possible. Begin by adding millions of people to achieve a shocking 50 percent increase in food-stamp recipients.

Drop the Internal Revenue Service like a wet blanket over the surge of Tea Party energy that proved so effective in 2010. Continue to harass the Tea Party and other conservative groups to this day, selectively denying nonprofit status and frightening away donors who fear audits.

Speaking of audits, single out leaders like True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht and her family’s company with at least 17 investigations from the IRS and several other federal agencies. That will teach her to mind her own business and stop trying to ensure clean elections. Oops. She’s not quitting. Darn.

Pour billions of dollars into “green” companies run by Democratic donors and bundlers.

Use the Justice Department to strike down voter photo-ID laws while falsely accusing conservatives of wanting to “suppress the minority vote.” See earlier item on Catherine Engelbrecht on how to punish anti-vote-fraud activism.

Finally, rely on the media to pretend that the growing abuses of power in Washington, including the Benghazi, Libya, killings and cover-up, the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, and the NSA’s massive personal-data grab, have nothing to do with “the most transparent administration in history.” These are the people we’re supposed to trust on immigration reform.

What’s that? The media are ticked that the Justice Department seized Associated Press reporters’ phone records and labeled Fox News reporter James Rosen as a possible criminal co-conspirator?

They’ll get over it. Or maybe they’ll start doing their job, such as reporting the real costs of illegal immigration.

Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.