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Obama Limos to Wear "Taxation Without Representation" Plates

In solidarity with movement to give D.C. Congressional representation

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President Obama has finally decided to outfit his official presidential vehicles with license plates that read "Taxation Without Representation," in a sign of solidarity with Washington, D.C. residents looking for representation in Congress.

The presidential fleet will bear the signs beginning inauguration weekend, the White House confirmed today.

"President Obama has lived in the District now for four years, and has seen first-hand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress," the White House said in a statement. "Attaching these plates to the presidential vehicles demonstrates the President's commitment to the principle of full representation for the people of the District of Columbia and his willingness to fight for voting rights, Home Rule and budget autonomy for the District."

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  1. Great for DC, but what about the rest of us?

    A mere 435 representatives for a country of over 300,000,000 people is anti-democratic, with the population growth that we have had since 1913 and no growth in the size of the House over the same 100 years.

    1. This is something I think about a lot. The more people a representative is required to represent, the more distant that person becomes from their constituents. The rise of the importance of the political parties can be directly attributed to the increasing number of constituents. Even in the house, the average voter will never see their representative in real life, much less formally meet them and discuss their specific politics.

      If we increased the size of the House, even at the cost of increasing disorder, would do a lot to reducing the strong influences of the political parties, allowing people to more appropriately choose a representative that actually represents their community.

  2. Are we sure it isn’t in solidarity with his hope to be able to levy taxes by executive order?

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