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

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    Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    The population of Washington D.C. is ~ 603,000. The population requirement is 60,000 citizens. The population of the Capitol can't vote, yet they get 3 electoral votes. Not sure how that works. The citizens of D.C. paid more than some states in taxes.

    So, should D.C. be made a state?

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    Should the citizens of D.C. be granted the same rights of citizens of actual states?
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Yes. What ever happened to no taxation without representation? We are more subject to the whims of Congress than anyone else in the country (as Congress can veto anything the city decides to do), yet we have no voice in Congress. We have one non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives, and no representation at all in the Senate.

    If Wyoming gets two senators and a representative, we should have at least that much.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    My position is that DC should not be a state. However, I think that it is wrong to deny them representation in Congress. So, I would compromise. The the House of Representatives was originally set up to represent the "people," and the Senate was originally set up to represent the states. Give DC's representative in Congress the same power as any other voting representatives, and don't give them a senate seat.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    I'm confused on how they have three electoral votes when D.C. citizens don't get to vote. Can you explain that one Kandahar? I'm asking because you actually live there.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    I'm confused on how they have three electoral votes when D.C. citizens don't get to vote. Can you explain that one Kandahar? I'm asking because you actually live there.
    There was a constitutional amendment to give DC three electoral votes. Prior to 1961 we didn't have any representation in the White House either.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    There was a constitutional amendment to give DC three electoral votes. Prior to 1961 we didn't have any representation in the White House either.
    Gonna show a little ignorance here, who picks who your electoral votes go towards?
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Coming from the DC area, I think DC's representation should stay the same as it is currently. I don't believe it should become a state either.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Coming from the DC area, I think DC's representation should stay the same as it is currently. I don't believe it should become a state either.
    Why?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    Why?

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

    Nope but it could become the next federal prison, just to think how much money we would save on transportation cost for convicts.

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