Monday, April 11, 2011

Our last colony objects ...



Mayor Vincent Gray and members of the D.C. Council were arrested Monday evening at a protest of the budget deal reached Friday night to avoid a federal government shutdown. ...

Washington was used as a pawn in last week's budget bargaining, with new restrictions part of the price of a deal, city leaders said. Under the budget agreement reached Friday, the details of which are still uncertain, the city will likely be unable to spend city dollars on abortions for low income women. ...

D.C. may also be banned from spending city money on needle exchange programs believed vital to curbing the spread of HIV in the city, where the disease is considered an epidemic. Also back, a school voucher program favored by Republicans....

City leaders are particularly upset with President Barack Obama, who won 93 percent of the D.C. vote but surrendered the city's autonomy to get the budget passed.

NBC Washington

It's no fun being just a pawn in a politician's game. Citizens of the District have this rubbed in more obviously than most of us.

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