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    “it wouldn’t be a Republican majority if they weren’t taking an African-American’s voting rights away”

    “it wouldn’t be a Republican majority if they weren’t taking an African-American’s voting rights away”

    From David Dayen of Firedoglake, whose election coverage I enjoyed, comes what may be the first race card played during the Boehner era (emphasis mine):

    The new House of Representatives will be sworn in at noon today. We have a pretty good sense of their schedule of events for the first few weeks before the State of the Union address, and because the Senate is leaving town (another brilliant Democratic tactical decision), they will have Congress all to themselves.

    First we’ll have the adoption of the new rules, which will allow tax cuts but not new spending, set budget caps based on the whim of the Budget Committee Chair, exempt health care repeal and the Bush tax cuts from stringent budget rules, and reduce the power of the non-voting representative from Washington DC, because it wouldn’t be a Republican majority if they weren’t taking an African-American’s voting rights away.

    Umm, the only times DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton had the power to “vote” were when the House acted as a Committee of the Whole.

    Here is Boehner’s position on why even such limited votes were improper:

    “Speaker-designate Boehner appreciates that DC Vote stopped by today to share their concerns. He continues to believe, however, that delegates should not vote in the committee of the whole because they constitutionally cannot vote on the House floor.”

    Call this a power play, if you want.  But the race card?

    Everything has changed; nothing has changed.

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    See my post above. The capital was created as a non-state by the Constitution, with no representation, by design, because any capital city as such would almost surely become a spoils pit unto itself. Its had its current status for over two centuries. But since a lot of democrats decided to move in over the last 40 years, knowing full good and well that they would have no direct legislative representation, we are now supposed to change the rules because, like, its unfair and stuff.

    Uh, no.

    If you really want them to have representation, agitate for the residential areas of the city to be ceded back to Maryland. The people don't even have to move. The city doesn't need them, and DC can return to what it was always supposed to be, the location of the national government and nothing more.

    Cowboy Curtis: But since a lot of democrats decided to move in over the last 40 years, knowing full good and well that they would have no direct legislative representation, we are now supposed to change the rules because, like, its unfair and stuff.

    So you support taxation without representation. Good for you!


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