DC needs statehood
• Lack of a vote in Congress disenfranchises District residents
• No taxation without representation
Oh, change the record already, would you? Those of us who live here and have a little common sense know darn well that isn't going to happen. First of all, do you really think that a city council like the one we have now is capable of running a "state" when they can't even run a city? I mean, you have a crackhead running Ward 8, and the fact that he was even elected to office after his embarrassing performance as mayor is beyond reason. Guess what? Everyone on Capitol Hill watches the LOCAL news while they're here. They see how dysfunctional this mayor and city council are. If you think for one minute that this mini banana republic needs to be a state without getting a much needed enema first, you're clearly high.
Actually, control over its own finances/resources would be more effective than a vote in congress. For instance, as in NYC, there should be a "commuter" tax on all non-residents. That includes all members of congress who do not reside here the entire year. They should be taxed for the time during which they reside in DC. They place a great stress on the District's infrastructure, use of its police force and other amenities, yet contribute NOTHING to its support.
I agree with Michael J. How many times do we have to say it: Lack of a vote in Congress disenfranchees Distic residents; no taxation without representation !