I understand that our nation's capital, in the District of Columbia, does not have a voting member in Congress. Is this because our Founding Fathers were afraid that a state that contains the nation's capital would have more "power" in the nation's affairs compared to the other states?
Do they really have a situation of "taxation without representation?"
Mich, thanks for the link. Will read the whole thing later.
I have gaps in my knowledge. Someone asked me this question earlier today, and I did not have a good answer for him, and so I am making it a point to research it this evening, mostly because I am interested.
First of all- DC is basically a welfare state-if you don't earn it - you don't vote on it makes sense- also- they re- elected the drug dealing and using Mayor Barry! Does this sound like people who know how to vote responsibly? ( I was born there- VERY embarrassing...)
Article One of the United States Constitution does not allow for Washington, D.C. to have Congressional representation. For them to have voting members in Congress, they would have to have an amendment added to the US Constitution that would negate parts of Article One. If you know anything about how the Constitution can be amended, you know that it is particularly difficult to pass.
I actually live in southwest D.C. I was shocked when I moved here and found that the license plates actually SAY "Taxation without representation." But it's true. We have a mayor, but no congress-person. Also, DC is NOT a part of Virginia or Maryland. It drives me nuts when people don't know that - particularly when I'm filling out a form online where I have to put the state I live in and Washington, DC isn't one of the options.
John Doe, you don't get it. Washington, D. C. is not any any state whatsoever. It is in the District of Columbia, a federal district not within any state of the union. It is politically separate from any state by design. No state hosts the federal capital, and also, no state has any hold of the seat of the federal government.
The framers of the Constitution did not allow for it to have a Representative in Congress, and since it is not a state, it has no Senator either. Over 200 years after the adoption of the Constitution, some people think that this situation should be rectified. The opposition, however, is basically unwilling to dilute their state's political power. Specifically, more conservative representatives know that if D.C. is given a representative, it will elect a more liberal representative. A recent compromise failed, so the situation continues.