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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…)
When I was in Washington D.C. for the inauguration last week, everyone was talking about how cold it was going to be. The news was saying that the temperatures would be below “freezing” and a “snow storm” would be on its way. Both of these were true, but still don’t say much. Yes, it was “freezing” outside. However, freezing only means that it is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, D.C. snow is nothing compared to anything we get in the Midwest. President Obama pointed out that his daughters’ schools were closed today due to the “ice.” Without a doubt, classes would have been held in Chicago. Watch Obama’s comment here. My point: suck it up, D.C.
From the Associated Press,
After being skewered by Congress and lampooned on NBC‘s “Saturday Night Live,” the CEOs of Detroit’s three automakers may end up making their return trip to Washington by car as they seek a federal bailout.
They should’ve figured this out the first time.