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Washington D.C. (District of Columbia?)?
Why is our capitol a "District of Columbia"? And is it technically American soil, or its own country, or what?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
To look at it in a rather cynical way…DC owns us. Washington is going to soon be the capital of the world. You may not know what I mean by that… I’m speaking of the New World Order. Would you believe there is such thing as the new world order if I mention the merger between Canada, USA and Mexico? And that there will be a new currency called the Amero for the three countries to use? Well check this site out! http://current.com/items/88828732_amero_and_the_ne...
To answer your question…D.C. is its own entity. DC Owns the country and the people who reside in the country are enslaved by it, period. We pay unconstitutional income tax to Washington. I recommend you check out both of these videos regarding the unconstitutionality of the income tax.
Rosetta (the girl above me who wrote a book of nonsense) Went on blobbing about the constitution. The constitution is Irrelevant presently. you brainwashed human doll. Wake up people. Washington is your worst Enemy. One more thing. If you’ve seen Wyclef Jean’s video, “Fast Car” (good video by the way…) at the end of the video you will see The text “Elite License” the pyramid and the eye and everything. He is joined in. just like all the other rich people and billionaires and corporations. The N.W.O. IS real guys. Anyway I’ll just leave you confused. I just wanted to give you something to run with and dig up about. If you are interested about our horrendous future.
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- krugLv 44 years ago
The District of Columbia is comparable to Washington DC. So that's Washington, interior the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia has no different cities in it. it quite is not a state because of the fact it replaced into set as much as be basically the region of the place the federal government could make the guidelines and habit the corporate of something of the country. and to no longer have the electorate effect the national government.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
There is a reason...???? IDK
what does the dictionary say,,,,
Dis�trict of Columbia
Abbr. DC or D.C.
A federal district of the eastern United States on the Potomac River between Virginia and Maryland. Coextensive with the city of Washington, it was established by congressional acts of 1790 and 1791 on a site selected by George Washington
that doesn't say much,,,!!
so this is what the Yahoo Encyclopedia says...
- eileen4330Lv 61 decade ago
Our capitol is Washington, District of Columbia for a reason. In which state should the capitol be?
As a separate entity there is no favoritism, no cause for real or imagined problems.
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- 1 decade ago
The U.S. Congress has the ultimate authority over the District of Columbia. This power is given to Congress by Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution. The 1973 Home Rule Act devolved certain Congressional powers over the District to a local government administered by an elected mayor and a city council; however, Congress retains the right to review and overturn laws created by the city council and intervene in local affairs. Recently, Congress has used its power to to reverse city policies such as those in regard to gun control and the D.C. public school system.
The city is currently administered by Mayor Adrian Fenty and the Council of the District of Columbia. The council is composed of 13 members: one elected from each of the city's eight wards and five members, including the chairman, elected at large. The council conducts its work through standing committees and special committees established as needed. District schools are administered by a chancellor, who is appointed by the mayor. In addition, a Superintendent of Education and a Board of Education are responsible for setting some educational policies. There are 37 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) elected by small neighborhood districts. Suggestions made by ANCs are required to be given "great weight" by the D.C. Council and city agencies.
The mayor and council adopt a budget, which Congress has the right to change. Local income, sales, and property taxes provide revenue to fund city government agencies and services. Much of the property in the District, 57.7 percent, is owned by the Federal government, foreign governments, or other tax-exempt organizations, all of which are exempt from paying city property taxes. In addition to having a lower property tax base, the District of Columbia government is also barred by Congress from imposing an income or commuter tax on the over 400,000 suburban commuters who work in District and use city services. Despite its position as a target of terrorist attacks, the federal government decreased the budget for emergency planning and security costs in the District of Columbia from $14 million in 2006 to $3 million in 2008.
Historically, the city's local government has earned somewhat of a reputation for mismanagement and waste, particularly during the mayoralty of Marion Barry. A front-page story in the July 21, 1997 Washington Post reported that Washington had some of the highest-cost lowest-quality services in the entire region, including a high-cost school system with excessive administrative staff but shabby schools and low learning standards. However, the administration of Mayor Anthony Williams oversaw a period greater prosperity, urban renewal, and budget surpluses starting in the late 1990s that continues on today. Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration continues to press forward with reforms, especially in the area of education. Despite these gains, the city still faces daunting problems that affect many urban areas such as lack of decent affordable housing and public health problems. In late 2007, the story broke on a scandal at the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue that involved city employees embezzling over $44 million in city funds by writing fraudulent tax refund checks. The situation resulted in a black mark for the Fenty administration, which had made regaining the public trust a top priority.
Citizens of the District of Columbia have no voting representation in Congress. They are represented in the House of Representatives by a non-voting delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C. At-Large), who sits on committees and participates in debate, but cannot vote. D.C. has no representation at all in the Senate. Unlike U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico or Guam, which also have non-voting delegates, citizens of the District of Columbia are subject to all U.S. federal laws and taxes. In the financial year 2005, D.C. residents and businesses paid $18.1 billion in federal taxes; higher than the federal taxes collected from 20 other states. The District also pays the most federal taxes per capita.
Efforts to raise awareness about the lack of representation for D.C. residents within the Federal government have included campaigns by organizations such as D.C. Vote as well as featuring the city's unofficial motto, "Taxation Without Representation," on D.C. vehicle license plates. The phrase is an adaptation of a slogan used during the American Revolution to protest the payment of taxes by American colonists without representation in the British Parliament; a situation akin to the present-day campaign for full representation of the District of Colubmia in Congress. President Clinton used the "Taxation Without Representation" tags on the Presidential limousine in a show of support for the city; however, President George W. Bush had the plates replaced to those without the motto shortly upon taking office.
Attempts to grant the District voting representation in Congress, including the D.C. statehood movement and the proposed District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment, have been unsuccessful. The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution allows residents of Washington, D.C. to participate in presidential elections; the District is afforded three electoral votes in the selection of the President.