Statehood for New Columbia

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    Liberals are whining about the need for statehood for Washington DC. Its 700k citizens are 80% Democrat, assuring 2 more liberal Senators and 1 more liberal Representative.

    Why were folks allowed to reside in a Federal District? Why shouldn't this area be 100% government buildings, hotels, etc? MOST who live in the DC area live outside the small boundaries of the Federal District itself.

    It's like people who buy cheap land around an airport, build homes, then whine about the noise. They opt to reside there; live with it.
     
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    It was designed by the founding fathers that the District not be a part of any state. We should maintain their design.
     
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    I agree with both poster above.

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    Why aren't the citizens of D.C. allowed to participate in the election of one of the surrounding states? That ought to make everybody happy.
     
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    Just what we need is a new state which is 98% democrat and 98% on welfare.
     
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    98% on welfare?
    Have you ever been to Georgetown? They aren't on welfare there. As a matter of fact, they are EXTREMELY wealthy. The National Cathedral is (roughly) on the corner of Massachusetts & Wisconsin. Have you seen the homes up there? WOW. I was just up there for a week on a business trip, and I was staying at the Wyndham over by George Washington University (highly recommend the hotel, by the way). That is a VERY nice part of town.

    What gets my proverbial goat is the license plate for the District of Columbia. On it is the slogan "Taxation Without Representation." I say give them statehood. But if that is done, then all federal subsidies will cease. Let them get their money from the citizens of their state, not the rest of us. They will find that they receive VASTLY more money than they pay.
     
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    Don't they already have 3 electors in the Electoral College for President? I'm pretty sure they also have a non-voting rep. in Congress that lobbies for them too. That's enough. If we let them have statehood then we should make Puerto Rico, US Virgin Is., and Guam states too.
     
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    Yep, and every single elected official is on the public dole, WELFARE. We pay their salaries. They sponge off of we the taxpayers and do little, if anything, in the interest of the American people, in return for our benevolence.
     
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    Elected officials are not residents of Washington, DC.
     
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    mioque said:

    "Why aren't the citizens of D.C. allowed to participate in the election of one of the surrounding states? That ought to make everybody happy."

    In fact, it would make no one happy; the District still would not have its own representatives (except perhaps a congressman) and the surrounding states are not keen on adopting a whole slew of new voters that could skew state elections.
     
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    The intent of the founding fathers was to have a federal area that does not have the ability to have its own constitution or state laws for federal agencies and offices to deal with.

    The fact that people are allowed to live in DC probably dates back to the days before automobiles; today it is probably a mistake, but one that would be hard to correct.

    No, DC should never be a state, otherwise, one state could become more powerful than others from a federal level.
     

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