Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States of America. Its full name is Washington, the District of Columbia. It was named after George Washington and Christopher Columbus. The White House where the US President lives and both houses of Congress are in Washington. The Supreme Court is located there as well. In elections, Washington, D.C. has three electoral votes, and voted democrat in basically every single election, making it the only area of the country to do so. DC is not a state, and is not part of any state. It sits right at the Potomac River.
Arguments for statehood
- Its people are underrepresented. Its officials are not even allowed to use their own tax money. (Crazy, for a capital city!)
- Who gives a **** if there are 51 states!
- Currently, it is ruled by a mostly negligent and corrupt Congress, luckily Democrats are now in control of congress in 2021.
- DC residents pay federal taxes without having a say in how the government's run (no Senators and one on-voting Representatives)
Arguments against statehood
- The Constitution says that their must be a Federal District, where the overall government is set, and the Federal District cannot be part of a state.
- Size of land area (TINY!)
- The 51st state should be Puerto Rico.
- Lobbyists for corporations and ALF-CIO who live in DC will get even more influence in Federal politics than before.
- Contrary to popular belief, CIA headquarters are not in Washington, D.C. They are in Langley, Virginia.
- Contrary to what many people outside the United States believe, New York City is not the capital of the United States, although it did serve as such from 1785-1790.