Bleeding-heart liberalism for thee, but not for me. That is the expedient philosophy of the wealthy Rockefeller family.
Last week, the Rockefeller rule was on full display at a little-noticed hearing in Arlington County, Va. There, Mrs. Sharon Percy Rockefeller vehemently objected to one of the Left's trendiest pet government projects: publicly subsidized day labor centers for illegal aliens.
Among the most vocal advocates and funders of these illegal alien shelters? None other than the New York City-based Rockefeller Foundation.
Last fall, a Rockefeller Foundation-funded day labor site for "undocumented workers" opened in Madison, Wis. Last summer, Rockefeller Foundation-funded writer David Bacon published an article sympathetic to illegal alien workers and critical of federal enforcement of employer sanctions against companies using illegal alien labor. In 1993, the Rockefeller Foundation forked over $50,000 to the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and Centro Cultural de la Raza for a private-public "art" project that handed out $10 bills to illegal aliens congregating at San Diego day labor sites.
The Rockefeller Foundation is a pioneering underwriter of illegal alien day labor. But the Rockefellers' high-minded compassion ends at their own front door.
About Mrs. Rockefeller: She is the wife of Sen. John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV, D-West Va., who is the son of John D. Rockefeller III, who was the eldest son of John D. Rockefeller Jr., founder of the Rockefeller Foundation, whose legendary father was the founder of Standard Oil Company. Mrs. Rockefeller is also the chief executive officer of WETA, the leading PBS station in the Washington, D.C., area -- and broadcasting home to such signature programs as "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and "Washington Week."
The Arlington County, Va., day labor site will be built adjacent to Mrs. Rockefeller's WETA studios and may take up nearly half the space of a county-owned parking lot used by WETA employees.
An alarmed Mrs. Rockefeller lambasted a local county board for approving the Arlington illegal alien day labor center, which she said would create a "pretty hostile environment" for her workers and high-profile guests (including some of the Beltway's leading illegal immigration apologists). Mrs. Rockefeller fears that Washington's movers and shakers will be exposed to potential menaces who have been seen on the streets brawling, leering, loitering, and otherwise thumbing their noses at civil society.