Sunday, March 7, 2010

No "taxation without representation" in America, right?


Actually, no.

Rightly or wrongly, Boston lawyer and politician James Otis is the one normally credited with the exact wording of the rousing revolutionary slogan, "Taxation without representation is tyranny!" It protested the Thirteen Colonies' responsibility for payment of taxes despite lack of representation in Parliament.

Our Declaration of Independence protests taxes imposed without representation...

He [the King of England] has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation...For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent...

So, the Constitution of the United States of America cured all of that, right?

Nooooooo! Of course not!

The citizens of the District of Columbia, where Congress is located, have always paid taxes imposed by Congress, but they have never had a voting representative in Congess!

In 1970, Congress passed a law permitting D.C. residents to have a non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives, but a constitutional amendment would be necessary to give him the right to vote.

Such an amendment was proposed in 1978. The proposal died in 1985, however, when only 15 of the 35 states required for passage had approved the amendment.

So, to put it bluntly, the Capital of the United States does not have taxation with representation; it only has taxation without representation!!!


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