January 30, 2007
Voting at the Kids Table
I’ve always liked that Washington, DC’s license plates read “Taxation without Representation.” Now we could add a similar motto to the vehicles of Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Virigin Islands: “Representation without Taxation”. Except not really.
if the five delegates’ votes change the outcome of a vote, the “committee of the whole” would stop and the regular 435-member House would vote again without the delegates.
Finally, a plan to make the representatives of those (surprisingly often Democrat-controlled–probably just a coincidence) territories and districts votes count, except of course when they would actually count, in which case they won’t. This is done because the Constitution is rather particular about who qualifies as a representative, but is silent on the qualifications for a pretend representative.