I read with amusement a post on Slate which noted that the Presidential motorcade now carries the District of Columbia’s “Taxation Without Representation” license plates. For those who aren’t familiar with the issue, because the District of Columbia is not a state, it has no voting representatives in Congress, and thus no say in much of the policy making that goes on within its very own borders.
Or as I like to
call it, Reason no. 457 that I live in Alexandria, and not the District.
For those of you
aren’t familiar with the area, Alexandria is one of the cities in Virginia
that, along with others in Maryland, make up the larger DC metro area. I moved
to Alexandria 20 years ago today. Here are some of the things that convinced me
that while the District is a nice place to visit, I wouldn’t want to live there: