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Today is April 15. Not only is it my dog Buddy Chou’s birthday, but it is also Tax Day. It’s the day we forfeit our hard earned salaries for the better of our country. In return, we all get representation in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Well, most of us do. Residents of the District of Columbia do not get this right. That’s correct; DCers pay thousands of dollars in taxes each year but still get no representation in Congress. That is literally taxation without representation. TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. Hold up. Isn’t that what people in the 1700s had a huge problem with? They were paying their government yet did not get a vote in anything or anywhere. So, they fixed it. Yay! However, this concern still lingers in Washington D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat from Washington, D.C., has taken it up as her job to get D.C. residents their right to a representative. “Defenders of the Constitution” believe residents of D.C. do not deserve this right because seats in Congress are reserved to representatives of states. Technically, Washington, D.C. is not a state. Is that a fair argument? I’m not buying it. They are paying taxes. They live in America. They deserve the right to have representation in Congress. Are residents of D.C. any less Americans than, say, Californians? Definitely not. (more…)
I will be liveblogging our kickass Thursday constitutional ratification/education kickassÂ ceremony throughout the night.Â Stay tuned.
9:57 pm The meeting is finally done.Â I swear
9:48 pm That’s not actually true.Â Someone is proposing an amendment to vote from abroad.Â Longest meeting ever.
9:47 pm The meeting is now done.
A new Times article reports that former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, notorious for his role in widespread infringements on the right to habeas corpus and authorizing torture against “enemy combatant” detainees while working under the Bush Administration has found a rough job market since leaving his post last August. Gonzales has had no source of full-time employment since then, and has been rebuffed by numerous law firms and other institutions that might conceivably want to hire an ex-Attorney General. Such rebuffs are nearly unheard of for an ex-Attorney General.
While collecting significant fees during a college speaking tour, he has found many students eager to share the stage with him, as seen above. If only employers were so enthusiastic.
Many speculate that Gonzales’s reputation for contempt of Constitutional liberties along with the ongoing Justice Department investigation against him are to blame for his recent employment woes. Whatever the reasons, however, it seems clear that Gonzales is finding his past difficult to break away from.