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  • Deserves Federal Representation

    The District has a large residential population. The GDP of the District is higher than some states. The residents of DC tend to work in DC. They pay federal income taxes. For the most part, The District is already operating as a state, It makes no sense that they don't already have the same representation.

    DC is affected by federal legislation just like other states, Perhaps more so. Shouldn't the District have Federal representation? Not just representation, But voting rights (they already have a member in the House of Representatives, But that member cannot vote).

    DC is funded by the national government, Yet they have no say in that funding, Other than by petition. Which voting member of Congress will champion their requests or needs? If made a state, DC would be subject to the same process of obtaining funds as all of the other states.

    Yes, The framers of the Constitution didn't want a single state to have the capitol of the nation, To avoid having a state with extra power. It is very important to remember that at the time, States were much more autonomous; continental residents considered themselves Virginians, Pennsylvanians, Marylanders, Etc FIRST, And Americans second. The federal government, At that time, Was more like today's United Nations, And the states were more like nations. It was out of that understanding that created an independent national capitol.
    Such is not the case today. The Pentagon is in Virginia. Does Virginia control national defense?

    I feel like people who argue against the creation of a new state due to logistics or capital output are focusing on trivialities. Setting up the government wouldn't be a problem, As I said earlier the framework is already there. Federal buildings could be leased from DC, And otherwise be autonomous and free from state taxes. I'm spitballing here, There are many many more people who are better at making these plans than I.
    Is capital output really a condition of statehood? It never has been for any previous state.

    That was a lot of words to say that the United States as evolved to the point where giving DC statehood is more than just a good idea, It's morally required.

  • Washington D. C. SHOULD BECOME A STATE

    When President Obama announced in 2013 that he’d be placing DC’s infamous, Politically charged “Taxation without representation” license plates on all presidential limousines, It was assumed that the District would finally earn its statehood.

    After all, When the leader of the free world comes out and says he has, “seen firsthand how patently unfair it is for working families in DC to work hard, Raise children, And pay taxes, Without having a vote in Congress” it’s sort of a given that something is going to change, Right?

    Hahahaha! It’s adorable that you thought that.

    Look, It’s no surprise that DC statehood hasn’t happened yet given the pace at which this country moves on, Well, Anything. The ridiculous unfairness of this situation has been well documented by John Oliver and many other less social media-friendly Americans who don’t seamlessly work Fifty Shades of Grey references into their arguments.

    But aside from the blatant injustice of it all, There’s another reason to push for Washington DC as the flag-altering 51st state: it would be fun as hell! To wit:

    It’s completely unlike anywhere else
    Here’s a fun measuring stick: start your car at Union Station and drive 90 minutes in any direction. Get out of your car, And see if wherever you end up feels anything like DC.

    Richmond might as well be Alabama and Dover is a NASCAR track; I’m fairly sure everything west of Leesburg in Virginia is still the unexplored frontier.

    And then there’s DC, A singularly unique place where you can feel the nation’s pulse (at least until Trump’s prophecy comes true and China takes over). The second you set foot in DC, You can feel it. You’re someplace different. It’s certainly a more pronounced transition than, Say, Crossing over from one Dakota to a… different Dakota.

    Never mind the insanity of 660, 000 Washingtonians -- what with their population bigger than Vermont or Wyoming and a GDP that dwarfs even more states’ -- being denied the basic perks of statehood (because, Again, This isn’t even about that).

    Shouldn’t such a vibrant, Energetic “I’m someplace that matters” locale merit all the prestige that comes along with being called a state?

    Shouldn’t high school kids talking about all the different states they’ve visited be able to offer up that awkward eighth grade Washington trip (the one where they ALMOST snuck out and went to one of the girls’ rooms, If it wasn’t for that dumb chaperone) as another feather in their collective cap?

    Shouldn’t America embrace the fact that odd numbers are way more fun than even numbers (looking at you, 13 colonies)?
    Yes, Yes it should.

    IN SHORT, D. C. IS THE HEARTBEAT OF AMERICA. It keeps this country going! It deserves to become a state!

  • Washington DC Should Become a State

    When President Obama announced in 2013 that he’d be placing DC’s infamous, Politically charged “Taxation without representation” license plates on all presidential limousines, It was assumed that the District would finally earn its statehood.

    After all, When the leader of the free world comes out and says he has, “seen firsthand how patently unfair it is for working families in DC to work hard, Raise children, And pay taxes, Without having a vote in Congress” it’s sort of a given that something is going to change, Right?

    Hahahaha! It’s adorable that you thought that.

    Look, It’s no surprise that DC statehood hasn’t happened yet given the pace at which this country moves on, Well, Anything. The ridiculous unfairness of this situation has been well documented by John Oliver and many other less social media-friendly Americans who don’t seamlessly work Fifty Shades of Grey references into their arguments.

    But aside from the blatant injustice of it all, There’s another reason to push for Washington DC as the flag-altering 51st state: it would be fun as hell! To wit:

    It’s completely unlike anywhere else
    Here’s a fun measuring stick: start your car at Union Station and drive 90 minutes in any direction. Get out of your car, And see if wherever you end up feels anything like DC.

    Richmond might as well be Alabama and Dover is a NASCAR track; I’m fairly sure everything west of Leesburg in Virginia is still the unexplored frontier.

    And then there’s DC, A singularly unique place where you can feel the nation’s pulse (at least until Trump’s prophecy comes true and China takes over). The second you set foot in DC, You can feel it. You’re someplace different. It’s certainly a more pronounced transition than, Say, Crossing over from one Dakota to a… different Dakota.

    Never mind the insanity of 660, 000 Washingtonians -- what with their population bigger than Vermont or Wyoming and a GDP that dwarfs even more states’ -- being denied the basic perks of statehood (because, Again, This isn’t even about that).

    Shouldn’t such a vibrant, Energetic “I’m someplace that matters” locale merit all the prestige that comes along with being called a state?

    Shouldn’t high school kids talking about all the different states they’ve visited be able to offer up that awkward eighth grade Washington trip (the one where they ALMOST snuck out and went to one of the girls’ rooms, If it wasn’t for that dumb chaperone) as another feather in their collective cap?

    Shouldn’t America embrace the fact that odd numbers are way more fun than even numbers (looking at you, 13 colonies)?
    Yes, Yes it should.

    D. C. IS THE HEARTBEAT OF AMERICA!

  • No Taxation Without Representation

    The main reason that the United States is separated from Britain is because the colonists had to pay taxes and follow rules that they didn't have any say in. The same thing is happening to Washington DC right now. They have a higher population than two states, Soon to be more based on the way their population has been rising, And they pay higher taxes than 22 states, Yet they one have one nonvoting member in the House of Representatives. The citizens of The District of Columbia should definitely get more representation in my opinion.

  • Yessir Washington DC needs the representation

    Washington DC cannot vote on anything. The delegate of DC cannot even vote in the floor, Which means they cannot vote in an executive veto override. They pay the highest taxes, And cannot vote for where their own money will be used, So yeah. Washington DC should be a State!

  • Taxation without representation

    My first contention is the fact that DC has no control over its own laws all control goes to Congress even though we pay taxes and that is almost taxation without representation. One horrible and tragic example of this was a long time ago an abundance of people got infected with the HIV virus over 1, 500, And many died and many of these deaths could have been avoided if Congress had just passed a simple needle example as many other states had. That was just one of the examples of this injustice. One thing that doesn’t make much sense is DC representatives get to go to voting events for the states and territories, But DC does not get a say in the final vote, They just sit there and that is either the worst or best position that you could get in any type of position for the government (source National Constitution Center).

    My second contention is, DC has a bigger population than two other states, Those being Vermont and Wyoming. In 2012 the Census (sounds like sensus) Bureau (sounds like bureo) released the estimated population count and Washington DC passed Vermont and Wyoming the count for DC was 632, 323 Vermont had 326, 011 with DC population increasing by 70, 000 people from then to now. DC is also the second fastest growing territory state of territory growing an incredible 2. 15% in one year This means that 6 voting members of the House and Senate now represent places with a smaller population than the District, With zero. 4 Democratic Senators, Including previous Senator Joe Lieberman, Has introduced a bill supporting statehood for DC (Source Greater Greater Washington).

    My third and final contention is voter suppression is an issue in Washington DC. The majority of the D. C. Council supports allowing people 16 years and older to vote in District elections. This proposal would certainly encourage more participation in our democracy, But it wouldn’t solve the District’s problem of profound voter alienation. Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans sadly was correct when he said these results don’t reflect the people’s will. But his justification to overturn the election results disconcerts nonetheless. Because voters don’t exercise their franchise, He said, “It’s really up to the council to act in the best interests of the city”. (Washington Post)

  • Give the people of D. C. Federal representation

    The people of Washington, D. C. Have as much of a right to have their voices heard in the federal government and determine their direction as the residents of any other state. In a nation that was founded in part thanks to the outrage of taxation with no representation in the British Parliament, It is ludicrous that the people of the capital of the supposed global leader of democracy are denied the same rights the founding fathers fought for a quarter of a millennia ago.

  • Yeet it should

    People definitely need much more representation other than that one stupid guy that can't even vote. Overall, To uphold democracy, It is crucial for Washington dc to be a state. YEET Y Y Y YY Y YY Y Y YY Y Y YY YY Y YY Y Y Y f

  • D. C. Should be shrunk and the Washington D. C. Area should become a state

    I believe that the district of columbia should be shrunk just to encompass the federal government main buildings such as the supreme court, Congress, And the While House. This would allow the District of Columbia to remain free from state control. Additionally the DC metro should become a state. They have enough population, And would not be too small. This new state would allow the people of washington dc to have representation. A new name for this state could be Potomac, After the potomac river

  • DC needs representation when it comes to politics.

    So far, The majority of things that go on in DC are controlled by Congress. Court and prison systems are controlled by Congress. Citizens pay more than the average american citizen in taxes, And yet they get the least representation of us all. The citizens of the District of Columbia demand full rights as US citizens!

  • Absolutely not.

    No, Washington D.C. should not become a state. What benefits would there be in doing so? D.C is part of Virginia and Maryland, and their citizens can get representation through those states. There is absolutely no need to add them as a state. A question here would also be, what would they be called? We already have a Washington, so that is out of the question, and if they were no longer considered a district then "District of Columbia" wouldn't make much sense either. Also, the reason for the its foundation initially was to avoid having the Capital in one of the states in the first place. Also, there's the whole fact about having to change the flag..

    Posted by: Misa
  • No, Washington D.C. Should Remain a District

    Washington D.C. should remain a district and not become a state for the reason that the positives do not outweigh the negatives.
    What I mean by this is such: I can think of no benefits of Washington D.C. becoming a state and it would be a logistic nightmare to bring on two more senators, a governor, and more congresspeople. This is of course not to say that we cannot ever bring another state into this fine union, but merely that Washington D.C. functions well as it currently is --well, excluding congress of course.

  • No

    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.

    Posted by: amey
  • Give DC back to Maryland

    The Federal Govt needs to designate what they consider the District (much like other federal lands) and stay within those lands. The rest needs to be given back the Maryland and could be called Washington, MD. Gives the residents of Washington representation and even better self rule. While I do note the citizens of DC don't have all the venues of other citizens, they choose to live in DC. It has existed in this form from creation.

  • Can not be a state!

    The whole reasons of why the District Of Columbia isn't part of a state is because that state with DC in it would have to much power... And the Founding Fathers wanted states sovereignty so they could have equal influence in the united states government not one state having more power then others because it has the capital within it.

  • No, but give them representation in congress.

    No need to make them a state, but they should be allocated at least one House of representative member. A special resolution can be made to give them voting representation in congress and yet not make them an official state - with a governor, state taxes, etc. This would be a good compromise.

  • Washinton DC was designed to be autonomous

    Washington DC was set up to be an independent entity from the states. It's the seat of power for the government. However, in a city of over 5 million people, it's unfair that they only have a non-voting representative in congress. I live in a state of 1 million people and we are represented. Why shouldn't the DIstrict of Columbia not also get a vote in the federal government?

  • DC shouldn't be a state

    DC has less then 700,000 people and it's population consists of AFL-CIO and crony-capitalist hired lobbyists that are bankrupting America as well as overpaid federal employees. New York City is our largest city with 8 million people plus Wall Street while Houston is our fourth largest city with a very productive oil industry-should they become states as well and get their own Senators? DC cannot be granted statehood, it would only make this country worse.
    Instead of statehood, I propose all of DC save the National Mall be given back to Maryland. This would give DC residents voting rights without giving them unwarranted influence in politics.

  • It would defeat the purpose of the capital

    The whole reason Washington was created was so that no state would get special privileges over another state. Also, the capital used to be in Philadelphia , when war vets came to congress asking to be paid, the legislature said "we don't have the money right now," This caused riots and anger which led congress to flee to New Jersey because Pennsylvania agreed with the vets and refused to protect Congress. After this incident Congress decided not to trust anyone else with their safety and created their own district under their own control. Another reason that the district was created was so that the state holding the capital wouldn't be over represented in congress. These are the strongest reasons although money does come into play. One historian explained to me that the founders didn't intend to leave people under represented, they believed that every member of congress would take care of the district like they would take care of their own state, therefore they would have more representation than anyone else. No it hasn't really worked like that but that doesn't mean we can't try to get it to work like that. However , to compromise, I would agree with allowing the district to not pay federal taxes to make up for not having a representative, which I would take over my congressman anyway.

  • DC never intended to be a permanent dwelling place for citizens. It is constitutionally designated to not be a state.

    DC never intended to be a permanent dwelling place for citizens. It is constitutionally designated to not be a state. If residents living in DC want perks of statehood, Either present legislation to re-zone DC residential communities to MD or VA (as was done before), Ot personally move to VA or MD.


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