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Thread: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    The federal government could still retain control over the National Mall, and turn the rest of the District over to the people. Many of the federal agencies are in suburban Maryland or Virginia anyway, so federal funds are already going toward specific states to fund the operations of the federal government. And let's not even get into all the military bases that are located around the country, thus funding the economies of those various states.

    Besides, the federal government is already sending a certain amount of money to this part of the country, regardless of whether you call it a "state" or a "district" or whatever else. So if it's a question of fairness it isn't like the other 50 states would suddenly be worse off.



    Maryland doesn't want DC back, which is why DC should become a state. It's ridiculous that we have no representation in Congress despite the fact that we have MORE at stake in congressional decisions than any state does, since Congress can and does veto the actions of our city council for their own political whims.
    I would like to point out that the reason why Washington, D.C. became a federal district in the first place.

    It happened because back when Pennsylvania was the capital of the U.S. Veterans of the Continental Army was protesting that Congress hadn't fulfilled their promises to provide them with pay, and so they marched on Congress in Philadelphia. Congress asked the Philadelphia Executive Council to use the city militia to protect Congress. The Council refused, and so Congress had to flee the city to Princeton, NJ, for their own protection from the protesting armed soldiers.

    That caused Congress to see the need to make a capital in which the federal branches could see to their own security needs rather than a city or state government. This is why Washington, D.C. is a federal district - they don't have to worry about a city or state government undermining them.

    But, then again, our understanding of federalism has changed since then. Now, for the most part, federal power supersedes state and city power. Also, the federal government has federal police agencies (FBI, Secret Service, Homeland Security, etc.) that can work with or independently of local agencies, which renders the original need for it to be specifically a federal district moot.

    So nowadays I think that Washington, D.C. would be better served with statehood. The federal buildings can still be administrated by the federal government but the local government would have more control over local issues, which would thus depoliticize their local issues. It would also give the people of Washington, D.C., representation in the federal government.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    The reasons that Maryland gave up land 200 years ago are not relevant to whether the people of DC should have a representative democracy today. Especially since Maryland doesn't want it back.
    Actually, I believe it is quite relevant. Besides, no one is forcing people to live in Washington, D.C. If they want representation, they can move to Maryland or Virginia.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Actually, I believe it is quite relevant. Besides, no one is forcing people to live in Washington, D.C. If they want representation, they can move to Maryland or Virginia.
    In a representative democracy we shouldn't NEED to move elsewhere to exercise our rights to representation.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    I'd also like to point out that we have the best license plate motto in America.

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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I'd also like to point out that we have the best license plate motto in America.

    I suspect lots of residents of DC aren't paying much in the way of federal taxes either

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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    DC is property of the federal government. The land that is now Washington DC was given by Maryland to the federal government to create the capitol city. Washington DC also consumes an extreme amount of federal funds, making it a state and then having the feds fund it like it does simply because the state holds the capitol wouldn't be very fair to the other states. The only way I think DC should ever become a "state" would be to give it back to Maryland. The feds actually tried this and Maryland declined because DC would cost too much in state funds. I think it's best that DC remain a federal district and not a state.
    Do you agree that residents of DC should at least have a voting member of Congress instead of a non-voting member like Eleanor Holmes Norton?

    Whether or not people agree that DC should become a state, I believe that they should AT LEAST have a voting member in Congress.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    I suspect lots of residents of DC aren't paying much in the way of federal taxes either
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    The residents of DC are able to vote for president like any state...we just don't have any representation in Congress (aside from a non-voting delegate).
    Thanks for clearing that up. I was just at a misunderstanding.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    I don't think the U.S. will ever add another state. Solely because it would mess up the balance of red states and blue states in the Senate.
    I agree. I think in order to add one state they'd have to add two, unless said state had a balanced political view.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    I agree. I think in order to add one state they'd have to add two, unless said state had a balanced political view.
    Sounds like 1820 all over again...
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