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.