Sunday, February 10, 2013

The District of Columbia Should NOT Get Statehood

We see or hear the same old hoary arguments for District of Columbia being given statehood: it has a larger population than several states like Idaho, Alaska, and Wyoming, it has a larger GNP, and so forth.  However, let's look at it differently: how does it compare in population to other cities?

Very clearly, if we utilize the argument that size should be a determinant, then New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are large enough to be city-states.  Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas, and San Diego also all have over a million population.  They deserve some consideration as well.

Washington's population in 2011 was estimated to be 617,996 and its rank was 25th.  Indeed, it is comparable in size to Baltimore and Nashville! 

And what does Washington produce?  Government.  Mostly effing government.  And lobbyists. 

There's the old joke:  Why was the government located in Washington, and toxic waste sites located in New Jersey?  Because New Jersey got first choice.

To my way of thinking, it would make as much sense to divide Tennessee into West Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and East Tennessee.

Now I know that the establishment of the District of Columbia set up a situation in which a percentage of American citizens cannot vote for senators; but the whole idea was flawed to begin with.  A porton of the original D.C. was reverted back to its original donor: Virginia.

Why not give back the remaining District of Columbia to Maryland instead of a separate statehood.  This would make Washington the second largest city in Maryland, and the Redskins and the Ravens could have a primo sports rivalry.  Also, Washington governmental workers could eat crab cakes.

Seriously, the most defensible entrant for the 51st state is Puerto Rico.


  1. You make a good point. There's 24 more populous cities than D.C. Sure, some states have small populations, but they are physically separate and distant from others, Washington is due to some arbitrary lines in that northern Virginia - Maryland area that's more or less a single metropolitan area.

  2. There has also been talk of splitting California in half. That would make more sense. And besides, the DC people knew what they were getting into when they moved there.

  3. I agree; I'm not for making the District a separate state.

  4. I don't know why it is that DC residents can't vote. All the constitution says (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17) is that the Congress can "exclusive exclusive legislation" over the "Seat of Government." They've done a great job of screwing that up, too. Anybody know why the DC residents can't vote?

  5. Oops ... what I meant to write was "exercise exclusive legislation." My bad.