Saturday, November 12, 2016
DC Statehood is a Bad Idea
Before we moved to lovely Danville, Kentucky, Mrs. G. and I lived in the District of Columbia. "Statehood for DC" was a constant political refrain of local politics.
The citizens of the District just voted overwhelmingly (79%) for a plan to separate out a small federal district for the main government offices and monuments, and turn the rest into a new state of New Columbia.
I like the idea of shrinking the District of Columbia down to a federal core - Capitol and Supreme Court, White House, the mall and its adjacent offices and, in my version, across the river to include the Pentagon.
I do not think, though, that the city of Washington surrounding this core is a state. I do believe that they should have voting representation in the House of Representatives. But not their own senators.
SO my proposal: the federal District of Columbia shrink to the smaller diamond I outlined above. The rest becomes Washington City, Maryland.