Do you think Washington DC should have proper representation and voting rights in Congress?
I think so, it's population is bigger than Wyoming and they can have full rep. in congress. DC residents also pay the highest taxes in the country but they don't have the right to decide how to spend it, and Congress can meddle in the District's government by overturning laws that the City council passed! It's unfair and unjust, DC residents are not colonists of Congress! They pay Taxation without represenation!
- heleneLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
No, what should happen is that the District of Columbia should return all land except a few acres around the White House and the Capital to the states of Maryland and Virginia, from whence that land originally came. There was a very good reason why the Distict of Columbia was never intended to be a state or contain such a number of permanent residents. And there is certainly no reason today to give statehood, one representative, and two senators to what is essentially a mid-sized city.
Alternately, the federal government could stop collecting federal income taxes from the residents of Washington DC. That's how it always used to be, based on the fact that federal taxes are not collected from other non-state U.S. territories.
You are also wrong about DC residents paying the highest taxes in the country; they pay exactly the same federal income tax rate as anybody else. Furthermore, DC receives about $40 dollars from the federal government for every $1 it sends in, so they don't have much to complain about in terms of the "pork" they have on their collective plate. If you are talking about property or sales taxes, those are locally levied---and DC residents have always been able to vote for their local government. If they don't like their local tax rates or how that money is spent, the remedy has always been in their hands.
- ?Lv 45 years ago
The persons of DC are being taxed with out representation, that's simply as unconstitutional. In no different democracy on the earth are the men and women of the country's capital not represented in the govt. I agree, nevertheless, that they are going to not get the vote seeing that it can go to the Supreme courtroom and it is going to be decided that it is unconstitutional and the federal government's too greedy to stop taxing the unrepresented, so that is no longer going to change. DC cannot and will not come to be a state because it's the state capital, it's believe to be a city. No other nation on the earth has a state for it can be state capital, it would not make experience. The only factor that would be carried out is for DC to emerge as part of a neighboring state, however no state wishes DC and all the issues that include it. DC is just screwed and i suppose dangerous for the entire people which might be being taxed without illustration on account that we have been based on the essential that such injustice in unacceptable.
- 9 years ago
No, DC was never ment to be a city like it is today. Nobody should be a resident of DC, it should be a place just for government buildings within city limits. That way people living nearby would be considered citizens of either Maryland or Virginia.
- markLv 79 years ago
I tend to agree that DC should be represented. Don't hold your breath waiting for it to happen. It will require an amendment to the constitution and at this time, it would just mean an extra Democratic seat. Not likely to get support from the other side of the aisle despite the fact that DC voters have been disenfranchised.
Note that they do NOT have the highest taxes either. Federal taxes are the same for everybody (based upon income). So, weather you live in DC, NY or TX, your federal rate is the same. Their district tax is a local tax
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- KiniLv 79 years ago
They should have statehood.
- jimmymae2000Lv 79 years ago