Senator Chuck Colgan has done a great job so far this session of channeling Louis XIV. When VDOT complained about the costs of HB 652, a bill designed to ensure that those who have their property seized under eminent domain are properly compensated, Colgan voted to kill the bill, ensuring that the demonstrated practice of deliberately under-compensating property owners would continue indefinitely. When several localities secretly complained about HB 737, which would require them to ensure that they only hire legal workers and not illegal aliens armed with falsified identification documents, Colgan so far has assented in letting that bill quietly die in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. Both of these bills would have quite demonstrably benefited citizens of Virginia, but Chuck Colgan as the self-styled personal embodiment of the state in the Senate throws them under the bus.
Dave Albo’s HB 737 helps to correct the problem of illegal aliens displacing legal workers in state agencies and local governments. With about an equal number of unemployed Virginians and illegal aliens in the Commonwealth, it should be a priority to ensure that taxpayer dollars don’t support the continued unlawful presence of illegal aliens and are used as much as possible to help put Americans back to work. Some localities, which Senators won’t identify but predictably include Arlington and Fairfax Counties, don’t want to see an end to illegal aliens using fake documents to unlawfully gain employment and government not bothering to validate that those documents are authentic and actually belong to the job applicant. The E-Verify system matches an applicant’s Social Security Number and personal information with the information at the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, and is remarkably effective at rooting out fraud. Without it, the process of using an I-9 form is so devoid of any document verification mechanism that persons have actually been hired after presenting a Social Security Card with the numbers 000-00-0000 on it.
So all of you unemployed Virginians who were depending on Chuck Colgan to make sure there was a level playing field for you as you seek work, you’ve been had. The State has bigger concerns than you.
Another utterly egregious example of this attitude is HB 652. There are legitimate times when the Commonwealth has to seize property under eminent domain in order to construct a road or otherwise provide for critical facilities or infrastructure. Sometimes when eminent domain is used, only a portion of the property is seized which can cause property owners to suffer losses they are not compensated for when they can’t access another portion of their property or the seizure disrupts use of the property in other ways. Under current law, if VDOT cuts your farm in half with a road and you can’t use the other half — making your property dramatically less valuable than it was before — VDOT will only compensate you for the small fraction of the property where the road is actually situated. This has actually happened in Virginia, and there’s enough property owners who have had their property effectively stolen in this way that VDOT complained that they couldn’t possibly afford to compensate property owners for the actual value of their takings. To me, that’s an outright admission of behavior expressly prohibited by the Constitution.
To Chuck Colgan, concerns that Virginia consistently steals property from citizens in violation of the law must not amount to much as he voted to table HB 652 in Committee. The State has other concerns. It cannot afford to comply with the law. Screw the masses.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…
Those familiar words seem to be lost on Colgan, who nevertheless took an oath to uphold them. Instead, Colgan seems to follow The Constitution of 1789, Chapter 3, Section 3, which states:
The decrees of the legislative body are presented to the King, who may refuse his consent thereto.
While it might be enjoyable for Chuck Colgan to play Louis XIV, for the free citizens of Virginia such an exercise is significantly less alluring.
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