- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 9, 2006

It is a Nancy Pelosi kind of day in the city, a wonderfully blue day that, hopefully, will lead to a redistribution of wealth, greater utilization of rent-control laws, higher property taxes, an expansion of the bureaucracy, affordable health care for everyone and attentive governing bodies across the region that will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

It is a day to rejoice, to give a thumbs-up to Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Al Gore, George Soros, moveon.org, all the Baldwins and a one-party city that gave Adrian M. Fenty 90 percent of the mayoral vote.

Mr. Fenty has vowed to fix the city’s deplorable public school system, reduce crime, improve the health care system and find economic solutions to ease the increasing financial divide between the haves and have-nots.

Once their terms begin in January, Mr. Fenty and the newly energized D.C. Council can impose a 2 percent property-tax increase on the well-to-do homeowners of Wards 2 and 3 and increase the sales tax from 10 percent to 15 percent in order to lend a hand to the have-nots of the city.

As the bluest of the blue locales, the city can lead the way in showing its neighbors how its long-held political policies can and do work, so long as the federal trough is available whenever necessary.

Our friends in Northern Virginia, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County have so much to learn from our progressiveness and efficiency. Take our 202/727-1000 hot line. Please, as Mr. Fenty has said.

Its operators are standing by, ready to give you a tracking number that tracks nothing, except a bureaucratic trail that leads to nowhere.

A bulk-trash pickup issue? Forget it. You have a greater chance of securing a ticket for a blade of grass an inch too high than ever seeing the bulk-trash pickup truck passing through an alley near you.

Here, in the idyllic land of the blue, we want more speed cameras and crime cameras to save lives, we want more police officers to arrest those who have had a glass or two of wine with a meal, and we want more meter maids to enforce our precious parking laws.

We want fewer bars in our neighborhoods and more shoe stores and dress boutiques.

We want all these upscale establishments in our neighborhoods, regardless of the dictates of the marketplace, because, well, we deserve the best.

As blue people, we want to help others through tolerance and understanding, except if the person is one of the last of the Republicans in the region, and then we are likely to let out a blood-curdling stream of invectives.

We want others to have a better life, as we define it, and we will do what is necessary to make that happen.

We have taken care of the smoking problem, and now we have to look more closely at the peddlers of cholesterol, the fast-food chains that urge you to become obese.

You did not know that, did you? Well, we knew because we are smarter than the fatties in the red states.

And we want to raise the minimum wage, even if it would prompt small businesses to trim their staffs. And we want to help illegal aliens make a smooth transition in their adopted country.

It is the least we can do for those who have come so far and enriched our lives with their diversity, language and customs. We need to become more bilingual-friendly, too.

And it would be nice if we somehow could reach out to those who mean us harm in the Middle East.

It is not their fault; it is ours. We are in a position now to finally begin the arduous task of discovering why they hate us. Maybe we could gather around a campfire and sing, “Kumbaya, my Lord, Kumbaya.” Or not.

We are blue, and our time has come.

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