Under Congressional Rule

I am still having computer problems, but my Internet connection works.  Thus I am back to blogging.

With the furor on both sides over the 2011 budget, i.e. lack of cuts or too many cuts, the governing of Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia) continues in controversy. People think with their emotional over the fact that D. C. residents do not have proper representation as do state residents. It took up to 1961 for them to be able to vote in presidential elections. Till this day, they have no real senate representation. There is minor representation in the House. Eleanor Holmes Norton is the elected Delegate-at-Large for D. C., but she can’t vote on all the issues as other Congress persons representing states. She  cannot vote on the floor of the House and earlier this year, she lost the right to vote on procedural matters.

The cry is “No taxation without representation.” From the emotional level, that sounds about right, but there is a lack of constitutional understanding on the fact that D. C. is a federal district and not a state. Residents of D. C. do not have the autonomy as do people who are state residents. D. C. is under the direct authority of Congress.  Listen to angry D. C.’s Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) on what Congress has done to D. C. so far this year.

Go here for another emotional argument against Congress deciding for D. C.. Del. Holmes Norton continues to fight for D. C. statehood though unsuccessfully. But despite her angst, she should know better about Congress having the right to do what they did this year to D. C.. She  should direct her anger to those who voted against statehood for D. C. and continue to keep it from coming to a  new vote. There are folks in Congress of both political parties that are pro and con D. C. statehood (and if not statehood, home rule). Now there is also the racial notion that the reason D. C. has not gained statehood is because it has a majority black population. If it were white, D. C. would have won statehood a long time ago. Well, that is a different post. See more  here, here and here.

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