Monday, August 22, 2005

Represent!

Greetings from our nation's capital (or rather just outside it). I realized in my moving it's been a week since I last posted and I thought I'd take a few moments to use my cousin's housemate's computer to pass on something interesting I've noticed.

Every DC license plate has the words, "Taxation Without Representation." Note it doesn't say No Taxation Without Representation, as per the 200 year old slogan, but "Taxation Without Representation," as in homage to the old words and indicating such abuse is going on now.

Now I've known for a while that DC gets no Senators and no Representatives but I never knew that this was so much of an issue they would put it on their plates. But it is a big deal, and for good reason. The lack of representation for the very city that hosts the very congressmen from all over the country stinks of tyranny. DC wasn't even able to vote for president until 1963. The city's plates are one of the few things they can change without Congressional approval. (Again, the same Congress DC doesn't get any representation in.)

For the record, DC proper has a population of 553,523 (Wyoming has only 493,782) and an area of 177 km2 (Vatican City has only .44 km2). So what's with the hypocracy?

1 comment:

Chris said...

Actually, I think I remember hearing about this before. Former President Bill Clinton tried to have the "then new" license plates installed upon the presidential limousines b/c he sympathised with the D.C. citizens. But I don't think anything ever came of it. It's too bad, because most D.C.'ens (or are they called Capitalites) are minorities and the Republicans in Congress would fear having their majority weakened if D.C. were represented.