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Posted at 7:14 PM ET, 01/20/2011

D.C., under Congress's thumb

By Paul Carver, Arlington

Regarding the Jan. 19 Local Digest item “New chairman for House D.C. panel”:

Good to see that things are getting back to normal for the District in its relations with Congress. First, the GOP disenfranchises the taxpaying Americans who reside in the federal city by removing their delegate’s vote on the House floor. Then it installs freshman Rep. Trey Gowdy, representing perhaps the most conservative district in (arguably) the most radically conservative state in the Union, South Carolina, to chair the subcommittee that oversees District matters.   

Guess who gets to be the lab rat in the GOP-Tea Party political and social experiments for the next two years? The more things change, the more they stay the same.

By Paul Carver, Arlington  | January 20, 2011; 7:14 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., DC Vote  
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Comments

The GOP didn't disenfranchise anyone. They simply removed and extra-legal niceity enacted by the Dems. The D of C is overseen by Congress, and its citizens don't have the right to vote, that's the way it was designed and just because people choose to live there doesn't mean it should change.

Posted by: ronjaboy | January 21, 2011 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Nice to know the citizens of every other state in the Union has more say about what happens in D.C. than the citizen taxpayers of D.C. The GOP treat the District like it's personal plantation. And, yes it should change, ronjaboy. What an arrogant, cynical thing to suggest that D.C. residents should move so they will be treated like other taxpayers. Save that conservative playbook answer for a conservative convention.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 21, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Why is it "an arrogant, cynical thing" to suggest the D.C. residents read and understand the US Constitution? If you want the same representation as a citizen of a state, you must live in a state.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | January 21, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

DC is not a state. Statehood is arguably one way to go. However, at the present time, DC is a federal enclave; exclusive jurisdiction over which is granted to the Congress. The Founding Fathers knew some people would be excluded from voting for the House under this provision, they went ahead anyway. If you would like to change it, the door to a constitutional amendment is aways open.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 21, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Like it or not, Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution grants Congress authority over the District's affairs rather than the District's residents.

If Paul Carver or anyone else doesn't like that fact, they have the right to support a constitutional amendment changing that provision. However, I doubt it would go very far. Some years ago Congress approved and sent to the states a proposed amendment granting the District voting representation in Congress. Only a handful of states ratified the amendment before the seven-year time period expired.

Perhaps this might not be an issue if the District government didn't keep passing legislation that falls outside the American political and social mainstream. One such example is the DC Council's vote last year to legalize same-sex marriage and the District government's subsequent decision to prohibit a voter referendum on the matter. So much for "taxation without representation."

Posted by: austinrl | January 21, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Man, you folks miss the point, but "black and white" thinkers usually do. You're the same ones who complain about "social experiments", which is exactly what the conservatives do with D.C. I'm fully aware of what the Constitution says, so I guess an amendment is due, (but that won't happen because the District votes Democratic) the Founders could not foresee the games Congress (writ GOP) would play with the District. Stop Federal income taxes on District residents.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 21, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"Like it or not, Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution grants Congress authority over the District's affairs rather than the District's residents."

As DC is not a state, and cannot be a state, then please refrain from taxing me for federal representation I do not receive.

Or, let DC residents vote in every House and Senate election across the nation (as we are represented by all of congress).

I would also love for DC to sue the federal government over the 1801 loss of voting rights. I would love to see what in the Constitution allowed Congress to remove rights held by VA and MD residents when DC was created. That the land could be created as a District, yes. But what authorized Congress to remove voting rights from citizens.

If a military base can have voting rights in the state in which it resides, then DC can have voting rights.

And give us our 10 square back!

Posted by: Greent | January 25, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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