D.C. Statehood Redux: Retrocession
Statehood’s a joke. DC should rejoin Maryland, AKA retrocession. It’s not only the better solution, constitutionally, politically and economically, it’s the more plausible one. If Statehooders want representation in Washington, let them vote for two Maryland Senators and a couple Marlyand congressmen.
He gets e-mails from readers informing him that Maryland doesn’t want DC and proposing a mean-spirited reverse alternative:
Instead of giving DC back to Maryland, I’ve got a better idea – give Montomery and Prince George’s Counties to the District. That way, all the region’s leftist idiots will be stripped of voting representation in Congress – enabling the sensible folk of Southern Maryland, Western Maryland, and the Eastern Shore to actually have Senators we voted FOR. And trading Mikluski and Sarbanes in on candidates brighter than the average turnip would be a tremendous improvement to the whole Senate, benefiting the nation as a whole.
And another proposing a fairer alternative that’s still a non-starter:
While I like the suggestion of moving PG and Montgomery Counties into DC, why stop there? The Constitution places Alexandria and Arlington in the District as well (they were retroceded in the 19th Century, but that was an Act of Congress which could be repealed), they are both very leftie, why not put them back in the District where they belong? That would be a strict construction of the Constitution.
While Senator Byrd has tried for years, Homeland Security should lend impetus to moving Federal Government offices out of the District, and not just into surrounding jurisdictions (i.e., Montgomery, PG, Arlington, Alexandria), but into safer places like West Virginia, Kansas, Oklahoma . . . . Leave only the top most levels of the Federal Government in the District and move the rest out into the country.
I still prefer turning residential DC over to Maryland (and repealing the 25th Amendment), which would give residents voting rights in the Senate and, pursuant to the next Census, a Representative as well. It’s understandable that Maryland wouldn’t want to inherit a slum but presumably some sort of compensation could be arranged.
Fortunately, the residents of the District’s Ward 8 guaranteed that statehood will remain off the table at least another twenty years.