The residence of DC have a great new plan to solve all their woes: rename the portion of South Capitol Street between N Street and Potomac Avenue “Taxation Without Representation Street.”
That should do it. No more problems in the District.
This should help your rate of HIV/AIDS infection, which is the highest in the nation. (128.4 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 14 cases 100,000 people for the rest of the United States)
Murders that “are the second-leading cause of premature deaths among the District population as a whole . . .” are no longer a problem.
A 6th-place ranking in a ranking of the most dangerous cities in the United States, is no longer an issue.
And, some of the worst public schools in the nation. Fixed.
There is a reason Washington DC does not have all of the attributes of a state; because our Founders determined it would be improper for any of the states to have the national government headquartered in a state.
As explained by James Madison in Federalist No. 43, the national capital needed to be independent from any state.
This consideration has the more weight, as the gradual accumulation of public improvements at the stationary residence of the government would be both too great a public pledge to be left in the hands of a single State, and would create so many obstacles to a removal of the government, as still further to abridge its necessary independence.
This was incorporated in the United States Constitution,
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, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;
Thus, there are valid reasons, then and now, for not allowing the national government to be located in a state. Accordingly, if DC’s representation in the federal government was identical to the other states, this would transform DC into a state in all but name.
Washingtonians, you knew you would not have the same representation in our federal government when you moved to DC. Now live with it. Or, you can continue down the path you are on, to wit, acting like petulant children and place “Taxation Without Representation” on your licence plates, street names, etc.
This leads to a second rational for denying Washingtonians full suffrage: you make horrific decisions. You reelected Marion Berry after he was convicted of possession of cocaine. You elect a mayor who initiates unconstitutional searches.
And possibly worst of all, Chanda McMahan submitted the following blurb when she ran for Ward 8 State Board of Education:
The statement of a candidate that declares my information deemed necessary to protect the qualified experiences of/and the integrity for the School Board’s Participation are the 10 years of experience of Teaching in the Public Schools and the priorities which process the stature of qualified participation to support the focus of the school’s mission and accomplishments that defend the appropriate education-with rights to an adequate education.