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Restore Full Representation Rights to the District of Columbia

Make the District of Columbia a part of Maryland again thereby giving the citizens of the District the same representation rights as any other US citizen.

luvmusic, 01.10.2011, 00:59
Idea status: under consideration


DMFairchild, 20.10.2011, 05:44
I have never understood why a dedicated parcel of land is required for our nations capitol. I am not aware of any other industrialised country that does that. For that matter it could be argued that New York City is the capitol of the world, with the UN building there, and that manages to work out.
M Riley, 29.10.2011, 04:43
Several other industrialized countries also have national capital teritories: South Korea, Australia, and Brazil among others. As I understand it, the need for a dedicated parcel stems from the nature of a Federal system of states. However as far as I can tell, only in the US are citizen residents of the national capital denied representation in national legislative bodies. For more information, see the wikipedia article on Capital Districs and Territories. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_districts_and_territories)
mcmaced, 11.01.2012, 18:30
Looking to other countries for guidance is silly. DC has been designated the seat of Government. Other than fancy buildings, it displays how socialism doesnot work.
jeff, 03.07.2012, 19:10
Returning territory to the states is a better idea than giving them representation. Full representation has numerous issues, not the least of which that the limited population gives them unfaily large sway in senate/hose. Not to mention that people in D.C. kind of live in a govt. bubble, mostly beaurocrats working for the government, its like congress voting for its own pay raises, not a good idea.
Gene Magee, 26.07.2017, 18:46
Maybe make a section of DC the Capitol and don't allow any residents on that land, except the president. It could follow the water from the Lincoln Memorial to the old RFK stadium.

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