Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Congress: How dare you?!

What on earth makes Congress believe it has the right to tell a local government how to spend tax dollars raised from its own, local residents? It happens every year right here in the nation's capital city. A fundamental right of U.S. citizenship is petitioning one's government to redress wrongs. Residents of the District of Columbia are the only U.S. citizens who are actually denied this right -- by Congress! We pay annual federal and local taxes like anyone else because it is our duty and the law. Federal tax income is logically federally controlled. On the other hand, Congress, whose members do not pay taxes here, insists on controlling how our local government allocates local tax dollars. This would be intolerable and likely impossible anywhere else. Taxation without representation is flat-out Unamerican. Congressional control over how a locality uses it's residents' tax dollars is against the most basic democratic principles. D.C. residents alone cannot fix this problem. Every American needs to step up and inform their representatives in both the House and Senate to do the right thing and allow us -- at the very least -- a voice and vote in the House of Representatives. Convincing them to stop micromanaging the city's budget may not affect anyone but D.C. residents, but it needs to be said. No American can afford to disengage from watching and reacting to the activities of their elected leadership. There will come a time when those who have will regret allowing their representatives to be lead by lobbyists and special interests groups.

7 comments:

Mark said...

I must admit, DC is very strange, for the reasons you stated. I never could get a handle on DC, your taxed but you have no representation. how and why did that ever happen? Strange.

Adam said...

US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. Enumerated powers:

To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles [16.1 km] square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;

dcpeg said...

I don't think Congress every considered that the District would actually have residents other rhan their slave servants. They still manage to exclude themselves from having to obey laws that affect everyone else, such as laws against sexual harrassment. They always seem to get their cake and to eat it, too.

Mark said...

Adam,.....What?

The Sanguine Pen said...

Adam points out above how and why DC is in the situation it finds itself in: Namely Article I, Section 8 Clause 17 of the US Constitution; which I suggest is comparable to the Declaratory Act of 1766 by the British Parliament (qv).

Each of these was an unwarranted attempt by a national legislature to arrogate to itself Absolute Power over an unrepresented minority of the nation. And we know what Absolute Power does, right?

In violation of the principle that all men are created equal, our Constitution once counted non-whites as three fifths of a person; it was once interpreted as saying that persons with black skin could never be citizens; for over a century our Constitution made no provision for equal voting treatment of the female half of the population. Our Constitution is an attempt to live up to the principles espoused in the Declaration of Independence and elsewhere (for example, the Virginia Bill of Rights. The Constitution is intended to help us form a More Perfect Union. As we strive toward this goal, we have amended the Constitution many times. We now need to amend it once again to recognize that denizens of DC belong fully and equally to the nation, as part and parcel, progeny and posterity of those same founders who pledged their Lives, their Fortunes, and their Sacred Honor to secure our liberties. They do NOT belong to the nation in the form of chattel property!

dcpeg said...

To The Sanguine Pen: you said it all so eloquently and with little or no bloodshed! Hear, hear!!

The Sanguine Pen said...

Thanks!