Bench Memos

D.C. Tax Haven?

Three cheers for the defeat this week of the obviously unconstitutional bill to give Washington, D.C. a seat in the House of Representatives.  I agree with John J. Miller over at The Corner that the Heritage Foundation has a good idea for D.C.–no income tax on its residents, since they are unrepresented in Congress.

A funny postscript–a reader writes in:

After your commentaries on the  DC Voting bill (which, to be clear, I agree with), is it intended to be black humor that Bench Memos and the Corner are presently running ads for the DC Vote folks? 😉

I don’t see them myself here or at The Corner, but I think that’s because they’re rotating (algorithmic?) Google ads.  Next time I come back (especially after posting this), maybe I’ll see them.  I guess this is the web equivalent of the Hyde Park Speaker’s Corner.  Everybody gets to shout at you, more or less at random . . .

“Algorithmic,” by the way, sounds frighteningly like a dance move by a former vice president.

UPDATE 9/23: Oh there’s the ad–not a Google ad at all, it seems.  Some outfit called “DC Vote.”  The reader who saw “black humor” in this placement has a point, after all the opposition stated all over NRO.

Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.

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