The Corner

No Representation, No Taxation

It’s a good thing the DC voting bill died in the Senate this week — it was clearly unconstitutional. It was a rotten solution to an actual problem: the residents of DC, almost by historical accident, don’t have an electoral voice in the House. It’s not exactly a crisis for our democracy, but I think conservatives should have a response to it that goes beyond carrying water for the partisan interests of the GOP. Here’s one of several ideas floated by the Heritage Foundation:

End Federal Taxation. Given its exclusive power over the District, Congress could abolish federal income taxes on District residents, providing a powerful solution to the city’s “taxation without representation” complaint. This is a reasonable compromise and fully within Congress’s powers. Other non-voting territories, like Puerto Rico, do not pay federal income taxes for similar reasons.

It would also be good for Jonah’s property value. 

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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