Robert Knight

In my math book, that means the Democrats will consistently garner the other 56 percent of the vote and probably more for the foreseeable future. How that strengthens the GOP’s hand is something that Democratic strategists don’t want us turnips to think about too long. They and their compliant editorialists insist that immigration reform is in the best interest of the Republican Party, right up there with a mass issuance of elephant-hunting licenses.

Good people who are tempted to confer amnesty in the name of compassion need to think back to 2008 through 2010. That’s when the Democrats controlled the White House and both branches of Congress. They cooked up Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank financial fiasco. They would have adopted Al Gore’s government-run carbon credit system if coal state Democrats hadn’t cooled to the idea of writing their own political epitaphs.

Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert has an immediate solution to the immigration problem: “Secure the border and enforce visas under current law.”

Of course, when Arizona officials tried to do that, the Obama Administration slapped them silly. The same Justice Department that illegally shipped to Mexican drug cartels 2,000 guns that were used to kill hundreds of people, including an American border patrol agent, sued Arizona in federal court. With a straight face, the DOJ argued that Arizona violated the Constitution by upholding federal law.

The immigration gambit is part of an overall political game plan that has become strikingly obvious:

--Print billions of dollars to keep Wall Street happy while the Main Street economy caves under the weight of thousands of new regulations and impending Obamacare taxes.

--Issue misleading reports about unemployment that seriously underestimate the number of people out of work.

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

--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 photo voter 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 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 AP reporters’ phone records and labeled Fox News reporter James Rosen as a possible criminal co-conspirator?

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

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.