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How about we turn the Swamp into
a full-fledged state?

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Posted By: SurferLad, 7/18/2019 3:33:36 PM

Here’s an idea everyone will surely favor: Let’s give the Swamp statehood, along with two senators and a voting House member. And total freedom from congressional oversight. Or not. Not is what it’s going to be — again. As usual, the non-voting House delegate representing Washington, D.C. has introduced another bill to accomplish just that. She may get favorable consideration from Democrat colleagues there. In the GOP Senate, not so much. Gallup just polled people in the 50 real states and found overwhelming sentiment against D.C. statehood. In fact, nearly

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blackeagle 7/18/2019 3:39:27 PM (No. 127583)
How about we return the district to Maryland. They would probably get an extra Congressman out of it. The Virginia part of DC was returned in the late 1800s. The Pentagon is in VA as a result - not in DC. Doesn't seem to bother anyone.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: anniebc 7/18/2019 4:06:15 PM (No. 127594)
I think I talked my DC resident daughter out of this statehood foolishness. I shared with her all the taxes (disguised and otherwise) she already pays and reminded her that DC could become Maryland. I also reminded her that I paid less for my house than she paid for hers, with twice the square footage of house AND land. I told her be careful what you wish for. She's an Independent democrat, and I explained to her that her party (yes, the democrats) love taxation, even without representation. She hasn't mentioned it again since our conversation and since owning her home (she's 33) for over a year now. She's learning that her mother is almost always right about everything AND always right about leftists! :)
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Reply 3 - Posted by: NancyD 7/18/2019 4:09:53 PM (No. 127600)
Well, all of the politicians/DC'ers who are probably involved with Epstein and hopefully going to jail will probably lower the population of DC to a "Township" level...
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Reply 4 - Posted by: David Key 7/18/2019 4:35:46 PM (No. 127627)
I got an idea. Give DC back to Maryland or Virginia don't really care, move Capital to geographic middle of the nation. Don't pick a city, make a new city with no voting rights and if you want to work for the govt. no union no influence, limit number of years can work for the National government, then they have to get a job in an unrelated to their govt work experience private sector. Go back to letting States choose their Senators, no election. Limit Senators to two terms, limit representatives to five terms. Require that they not be allowed to lobby in any way any government agency after leaving govt. Stop subsidising Presidents who make themselves into millionaires with shady book deals, and ridiculous speaking fees. Let them pay for their own security and live of their own money.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: FormerDem 7/18/2019 4:37:33 PM (No. 127629)
As the author rightly notes, DC is a former piece of Maryland. Obviously the original design was a kind of square, part from Maryland, part from Virginia. Virginia never handed its part over, and come the Civil War, people were glad about that because it would have put the capital of the Union half in Dixie. Anyway Virginia never did hand that part over which is why DC is such a strange shape. If Congress no longer wants to run its own little territory free of state whims, which was the original reason for setting DC up as it is, then DC belongs to Maryland, though Maryland naturally prefers to support the bid for two more Democratic senators.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird 7/18/2019 4:50:34 PM (No. 127640)
No. Andrew.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Blackeagle 7/18/2019 5:47:20 PM (No. 127673)
District of Columbia retrocession https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Columbia_retrocession#Problems Bottom line. Neither DC or MD want DC as part of MD. Both want DC statehood as it would mean two more Dem Senators.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Muncsdad 7/18/2019 7:50:26 PM (No. 127757)
#4, great post. I agree almost 100 percent, with one tweak. I would limit House members to four terms. Most would go from House to a Senate, and 20 years on taxpayer t*t is long enough!
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