Washington DC: Taxation Without Representation

One of the most shameful facts about the United States of America has been in the news lately.  No, I'm not talking about the Iraq war, teen pregnancy, urban poverty, or even election fraud.  I'm talking about the fact that U.S. citizens who live in Washington DC have no Senators and no Congressmen. DC has more people than Wyoming, and almost as many as Vermont.  So why are they treated like felons?  The problem, at least right now, is that a majority of DC residents are black. Now, this isn't old school Jim Crow racism; the real issue is that blacks tend to vote overwhelmingly for the democrats.  Giving DC the vote would be giving the Democrats two Senators and a member in the House. This has been in the news lately because of a recent plan to give DC one representative, although it looks like that plan is now on hold. The idea was to make a trade:  DC would get a representative and Utah would get one as well.  Maybe it was just a waste of time and money, but there was some thought that Utah could snag their new representative if they moved fast enough. There were a lot of little problems with the plan, but my main criticism would be that the situation is ridiculous, and we should amend the Constitution immediately to give DC full representation in Congress.  This should have been done years ago. In a sense, it is election fraud.  Despite our shamefully low voter turnout, most Americans are aware of other problems with recent elections - the hanging chads in 2000, the dodgy record of certain electronic voting machines, etc.  Very few have ever heard that Washingtonians aren't afforded the same rights the rest of us have long enjoyed.  Those who have heard it in high school government class have long forgotten.   Stop 10 people on the street, and you'll be lucky if even one knows what you are talking about. Everyone living in our nation's capital, an estimated 582,049 people, is treated like a second-class citizen.  They have only been able to vote for President since the 23rd Amendment was passed in 1961.  But they have never been able to vote for their own Senators or members of the House of Representatives. Now keep in mind this is a country that began started a revolution rallying around the slogan, "no taxation without representation."  You'll see that slogan on the DC license plates, although not the plates on the current President's limo. While President Bush sends our troops around the world to spread democracy (with dubious results), he and his party are unwilling to spread a little right outside their doorstep, and the Democrats are doing little to help. So if this is news to you, spread the word - perhaps if this skeleton were out of the closet, we might be able to act responsibly and fix this problem. [youtube]1pYQGaYyDgs[/youtube]

  1. Great post! It is quite ridiculous that Washington, D.C. of all places still has no representation. The city is much larger now and maybe the citizens can now get some respect for once.

    December 8th, 2006 at 11:53 am
  2. Good Call…

    Non sequitur PS: The Republicans pulled a dirty trick to prevent DC from getting a house seat. Taxation without representation!…

    Sound and Fury
    March 23rd, 2007 at 1:39 pm

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