Another legislative session, another brain-dead idea passed off as needed, fair, and necessary, and wholly without merit. Gosh, I am fed up with the time wasted by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Speaker Pelosi (D) is pontificating about the U.S. House passing (again) legislation to make the District of Columbia a state. Except, Speaker Pelosi (D) never saw a liberal idea she didn’t immediately love, embrace, and wholeheartedly support, so nothing new in this news.
President Biden (no surprise here) backs the idea he has previously not supported as a Senator. Color me shocked! What did not surprise me was racist and belligerent commentary on the house floor during the debate. It seems, every time someone with a (D) after their name can play the race card, the race card gets thrown down. No objectivity, no specificity, no reason, logic, only plain emotion, malice, and stupidity! Man, the use of the race card has gotten ridiculous. Read Rep. Jones’s (D) comments, and feel free to laugh at the stupidity! Plain ol’ public scorn should follow commentaries like the statements Rep. Jones (D) made, including mockery, shunning, and shame!
On the issue of race, the 2019 Census estimates 46% of D.C.’s residents identify as “Black,” and 46% identify as “White.” Leaving a mere 8% of the population to fill all other ethnicities and races. Yet, Rep. Jones (D) wants to make D.C. becoming a state a race issue. Queue the mocking laughter and public shaming!
One of the issues brought up for making the District of Columbia a state was the amount of taxes they pay. Personally, I laughed at this argument! Still laughing; not sorry! How long has the District of Columbia elected mayors who have done nothing but tax and spend; almost forever! Taxation without representation is a dead issue when you elect tax and spenders into office. As I was told as a kid, “You made your bed, now sleep in it!” Think I might be wrong, understand the following:
“No Republican has ever been elected mayor since D.C. home rule began in 1975. The DC Republicans have had no representation in the D.C. Council since Carol Schwartz left office in 2009. As of January 7, 2019, there are 30,001 registered voters affiliated with the Republican Party of the District of Columbia” [emphasis mine].
It appears to me, thou doth protest too much, and consequences hurt! One-party rule is never a good idea, but the District of Columbia has embraced one-party everything and is suffering accordingly! Please note, I am not claiming the Republicans could rule any better, but I am arguing that one-party rule is NEVER a good idea!
What is the issue?
The District of Columbia keeps petitioning to become a state. The U.S. Constitution provided for a federal district under the exclusive authority of the U.S. Congress; D.C. is therefore not a part of any U.S. state. Since this is a U.S. Constitutional issue, it will require all 50-states to ratify a change to the U.S. Constitution, not simply the wasting of time and resources of the U.S. House of Representatives. But, as they say on the Home Shopping Network, “There’s more.” With 34 US States never having been made states properly, according to the US Constitution, and their lands remain under “Federal Government Control,” I do not see DC being a state that big of an issue!
The District of Columbia is a unique federal district of the U.S. The Government of the District of Columbia operates under Article One of the United States Constitution and the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, which devolves certain powers of the United States Congress to the Mayor and thirteen-member Council. The District of Columbia Home Rule Act was a compromise back in the 1970s to allow more self-rule to D.C. while still being within the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution. While the District of Columbia Home Rule Act caused some pretty wild protests, this was expected as a compromise between Congress and the local D.C. residents. All the adults know that a good compromise leaves everyone upset. How effective has the District of Columbia Home Rule Act been; well, look at the before and after economics, and the problem becomes loud and clear. Taking us back to why I am still laughing and still not sorry!
For the lawyers in the house, the District of Columbia Home Rule Act is a quagmire of legal jargon and directionless logic like no piece of legislation it has ever been my displeasure to review. If you can make sense of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, please I.M. me directly, for I have questions and need answers. Thank you!
Today’s chicanery in the U.S. House of Representatives was not the first time a piece of legislation making D.C. a state has passed the house. I doubt this will be the last time our tax dollars are wasted on passing frivolous legislation on a U.S. Constitutional issue that will be passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. Have any of the elected officials in the U.S. House or Senate read the U.S. Constitution, US Bill of Rights, or other founding U.S. documents? I figured those with (D) had read their Marx and Keynes, but they were not elected to act like Keynes or Marx!
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