The Mexican does not endorse stealing someone else's Social Security number 

Dear Mexican:

Sitting on my desk is a levy from the Internal Revenue Service for more than $12,000 in unpaid taxes. Turns out some dude used my Social Security number for two years in Albuquerque to get paid and didn't bother to pay taxes. It has taken me plenty of time and attorney fees to figure it out, and we're still fighting with the feds so that I can continue to get paid for doing my job. If the "12 million" number of illegals getting thrown around is real, it's a safe bet I am not alone. Stealing ID numbers is a widely unreported crime that does have victims. As a card-carrying liberal whose grandfather was a Mexican immigrant, my feelings toward this are pretty mixed. What are your thoughts on this?

I'm Really Sad

Dear IRS:

Thoughts on what? Identity fraud? Muy bad. Unpaid taxes? Even worse. And when illegal immigrants do it to wabs like you? Chingao, the Mexican gets his chonis in a bunch. It's one thing to use someone's identity with his permission — as I'm currently doing gracias to a generous pendejo named Gustavo Arellano. It's quite another to screw over an unwitting individual. But the most infuriating thing about this situation? Ultimately, the government wins. Even if an illegal immigrant doesn't file his or her taxes, the government still takes out Social Security and Medicare impuestos that neither the offending illegal nor the SSN's rightful owner can claim without getting wrapped up in bureaucratic red tape. Rather than immediately investigating most discrepancies, the Social Security Administration dumps the money into something called an "earning suspense file" and lets it subsidize the current Social Security pool to the tune of more than $7 billion annually. Coffin-dodging gabachos should be grateful for the illegals' infusion, but let's not kid: Instead of reviling people so desperate for a better life that they break numerous laws for that chance, shouldn't we criticize the system that makes it so damn easy to do it? (Insert cricket chirps from know-nothings here.) By the way, the Federal Trade Commission estimates that the number of identity theft victims has gone down, despite the illegal-alien invasion of the past couple of years, from nearly 10 million cases in 2002 to 8.3 million in 2005 and 8.1 million last year.


Dear Mexican:

I understand that Dallas spent several million dollars for a Latino cultural center a couple of years ago and is now considering spending money for an Asian cultural center. Please explain why the city is spending money on things like this instead of hiring a few more police officers and firefighters with names like Gonzalez and Chen. Also, when do we get an Irish cultural center to celebrate our rich cultural heritage of whiskey, poets, fistfights and rain?

The Leprechaun

Dear Mick:

If you're looking for a bit of Eire, move to San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and the many other cities in the United States with Irish cultural centers. I'm with you that city officials should spend taxpayer money primarily on infrastructure and services, but the way you and other gabachos whine about ethnic studies and cultural centers being exclusionary is mystifying. Mira, the only reason that Mexicans, chinitos, negritos and every other aggrieved minority group in this country demand recognition for their cultural contributions is because they went a good two centuries being treated as Sambos, chinks and beaners. Besides, cultural institutes are manifestations of what the legendary Columbia sociologist Herbert Gans deemed symbolic ethnicity: the idea that America's ethnics eventually become assimilated and choose what parts of their heritage to celebrate. So celebrate, America! Every Cesar Chavez Day and Cinco de Mayo holiday imposed upon the land by PC pendejos is another step closer for Mexicans to become Americans.

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