If representation were so important to you, Carol Schwartz, you wouldn’t’ve lived in DC for 45 years.

by wfgodbold

From the Washington Post:

But better still would be taking “no taxation without representation” literally, the way our forefathers and foremothers did. Next year at tax time, if I am still denied my right to vote in Congress, and no real movement is afoot, I am ready to deny the federal government my taxes. I will look at setting aside my taxes in an escrow account. I hope my fellow disenfranchised D.C. residents will join me in this effort.

They even point out that the writer is a Republican and former member of the D.C. Council.

The Constitution has been the law of the land for almost 223 years; when you moved there, forty-five years ago, Ms. Schwartz, Washington, D.C.’s lack of representation was hardly a recent development.

The Constitution was amended to give D.C. residents a voice in presidential elections; the same process would be necessary for it to gain representation in Congress.

If the District were to gain statehood, I would think that that would require the federal government to be relocated to a new seat; Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 states:

[The Congress shall have Power] To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States.

If D.C. were to become a state, then it would no longer be the seat of government, as the land would not have been ceded to the federal government. The feds have to live somewhere, and that somewhere cannot be a state. By law.

But I’m no lawyer; surely there’s some penumbra emanating somewhere that could solve your problem. In the mean time, if you want representation in Congress, consider moving to one of the many states that are allotted such representation.

Also, “foremothers?” Really?


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