The United States of America was created in part behind the belief that we should not have taxation without representation, so it is rather ironic that Washington, D.C. must deal with this same problem that helped spark the American Revolution.

For years, residents of Washington, D.C. have had license plates with "Taxation Without Representation" written on them to protest the fact that they have to pay taxes but have no voting power in Congress. Starting this weekend, President Barack Obama will join in the protest by adding the plates to all presidential vehicles including the Presidential state car – a Cadillac known simply as "The Beast."

Since it is not a state, voters in the District of Columbia are able to elect delegates to the US House of Representatives, but said delegates do not have the ability to vote on the House floor. A similar state of affairs exists for voters in the US Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. This won't be the first time a president has used the plates to support those living in the District of Columbia. President Clinton had the "Taxation Without Representation" plates on his veihcles, but his successor, President George W. Bush, did not.


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      AnalogJesse
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another vaguely car-related article to provoke page views and troll comments. I find myself coming to this site less and less.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The president's limo always makes me laugh. It's like... "We're making a car for one of the most powerful men in the world... Let's just use a bunch of left over Cadillac parts. Are those Escalade headlights? Yeah. Put those on there too."
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Take away their vote for president, and then I'd listen to their "without representation" arguments.
      nsxrules
      • 2 Years Ago
      One thing is for certain, Obama, the worst president this country has ever had, followed by Carter, is literally addicted to taxes. So this "taxation without representation" bs is all about grabbing more power.
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      Careful, your bias is showing. Again. It's "Obama" in the headline yet you remember to use the title for "President George W. Bush," arguably the worst and most harmful President the country has ever seen. But he's African American so who cares about titles, right? Pathetic. "War Criminal" Bush would have been closer to the truth.
        dukeisduke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        He's not African-American, he's half African and half White. He grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia, and he's got more in common with Don Ho than Don King. He didn't grow up in the 'hood, so he's got no practical experience in the struggle for civil rights and equality that black Americans do.
          Fixitfixitstop
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dukeisduke
          Are you mulatto? If not, your statement is ridiculous.
          churchmotor
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dukeisduke
          He is more White than any race. He is also more Arabic than Black.
          rdaex1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dukeisduke
          Im assuming your screen name to reference David Duke?
        Kern8471
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        "President Barack Obama" and "President Clinton" were referred to in the article as well as "President George W. Bush" so i'm sorry, where is the bias? Check any other news site's article titles, its fairly common to just use "Obama".
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        GTFO Douche.
      bcoppola04
      • 2 Years Ago
      F*ck Obama
        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bcoppola04
        F*ck YOU and your partisan BS. If you had something intelligent along the lines of "I do not like the way Obama is handling the gun rights situation" or "Obama has been putting too much emphasis on social programs even though it financially strains us" it would have made your point more valid and insightful, not to mentioned make you look like less of a mindless brainwashed douch. But now we all know you are a moron and to ignore anything you say.
      libertedelacroix
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's the problem with this country- Overly zealous politically correct idealistic Liberals who want everyone's lives to be subsidized by the goverment, while promiting idealogies (while well intentioned) which inevitably will ruin this great nation. Oppressive bible-thumping chauvenistic neocon Conservatives who believe in smaller government and deregulation, except when it comes to women's, minorities', and small business rights, along with the environment. THOSE need MORE regulation and control, apparently. All of us in the middle, who represent the vast majority of *sane* Americans, have our voices drowned out by these two polarizing political groups who can make up for less numbers by shouting louder. Democrats and Republicans are ruining this country. If you are a staunch supporter of either party, you are just as much a part of this treasonous division as the political heads you so revere.
        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @libertedelacroix
        btw didn't mean to say right wingers want more environmental protection, they actually don't give a rats ass about clean air or water- unless they can find a way for corporations to make money off of it!
          Jobu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @libertedelacroix
          Yes- because people slightly on the right have a special pollutant filter in our bodies that makes us NOT CARE about dirty air and dirty water. Nor do we care about our children. You just validated the entire sham of your initial comment by taking that last gratuitous shot.
          AngeloD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @libertedelacroix
          It was right wingers in hunting organizations like the Issac Walton League and Ducks Unlimited who started the modern conservation movement. Duck stamps sold to hunters have preserved far more wetlands habitat than Greep Peace, PETA, or any other leftist pinhead outfit. Do some reading sometime, I know it's hard for a Liberal since you think based on emotions and fear, but at least try not to look so ignorant.
          libertedelacroix
          • 2 Years Ago
          @libertedelacroix
          To you two obvious right wing morons.... A) I am not a lefty just because I called out your political camp for what it is B) all the hick, redneck, tea bagging population of your political group (ya know, the majority) don't even believe in climate change or CO2 pollution.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        reattadudes
        • 2 Years Ago
        one of the basic results of inflation is the increase in interest rates. interest rates are the lowest they've been since they've kept track of interest rates, therefore no inflation. perhaps you might consider consulting some 'left wing' source like Google, the US Treasury, a bank, or Wall Street.
          nsxrules
          • 2 Years Ago
          @reattadudes
          you need to do some research, interest rates are being kept low by the government. But by printing so much money they have devalued the dollar to the point that we DO have inflation. Look at prices now as compared to when Obama took office, they are much higher.
      mycommentemail
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh good. I'm sure the tea party will be all about supporting this. It is bad to not have any voting representatives in congress and the tea party is all about representation (the original one was anyway). Or are they going to knee jerk hate it just because it is Obama doing it?
        Mike Pulsifer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mycommentemail
        It's not as simple as passing a law or trying to make them a state. The Constitution would have to be amended to give them representation or statehood.
          mycommentemail
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mike Pulsifer
          But it should still be done (giving them proper representation, not statehood) regardless of whether it is difficult.
      alistair.dillingham
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who the hell cares.
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are not a state. You get no Representative. Next.
      William
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog is a nice daily escape from the ugliness of the day to day world. Opening today and finding the top story about the Commander and Chief's licence plates is NOT what I call an automotive story. Good god, does anybody think Obama is even capable of changing a flat tire let alone having any type affection for the automoblile? If that's a good auto story, you should have included coverage of the acclerated track write-downs for Nascar that were buried in his tax on the wealthiest one percent who create the majority of jobs. Please, just leave this blog to reviewing cars. The few Prius and Volvo owners who love Obama who might be reading this space are not what you call motorheads and target markets for your advertisers.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @William
        I have actually seen numerous stories (here and elsewhere) about him driving and the cars he has driven. As far as politicians go, I think it's fair to say he at least has some minor interest in automobiles. As for changing a flat tire...I don't know. A whole lot of people in the US [and elsewhere] have no idea how to do that.
          jpadow
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          Yeah he used to drive a 300C. When he went into his first campaign though, the pressure to appear 'green' led him to start driving either an Escape or Mariner hybrid, I don't remember which.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @William
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