Hello, my name is Turlo Lomon, aka TLomon, and I will be arguing the pro side of "New York City will eventually become an American state in its own
The idea that New York City should become its own state has been around for over one hundred years. On January 6, 1861, Mayor Fernando Wood proposed
this idea to the common council in a written declaration
. So why
talk about it today? Because the idea has never died, and still has merit in its logic.
First, I will show a need
for the act of succession. Without a need, there is no further reason to pursue this argument. The
mis-management of funds in areas unrelated to the management of New York City has caused financial hardship on the city itself, forcing it to cut
programs, including school aid and basic aid to local governments. Decisions are made about what to do with the cities tax dollars without the input
of the people, or their voted representatives. The money isn't even being used by the city itself. Taxation without representation. If I remember my
history correctly, a country was founded after having a similar problem.
Another issue is population
. New York City has more population then the states of Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, North
Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming... all put together. Now imagine this large population not having the right
have voted representatives in Congress and the Senate that represent ethnic minorities when compared to anywhere else in American culture.
New York City has had its troubles in the past and present when dealing with the federal and state governments. However, older sources explain best
what has happened.
"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right and raises at first a formidable outcry in
defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason." - Common Sense, 1776.
The difference now is people are more politically aware. Every year, the movement for statehood has become larger and larger, as the discrepancies
between what individuals pay, and what their community receives, grow larger and larger.
The examples are endless. Home Land Security funds are distributed on a square mile basis, but paying these funds are taxes (aka population). As a
result, Grand Forks North Dakota has more biochemical suits then police officers to wear them, yet New York City has one hazardous material unit for
the whole city. Something is wrong with these numbers. Schools in Albany, New York (the same state!) receive $900 more per student then NYC. The STAR
Program increases this discrepancy by another $343! The cell phone surcharge NYC residents pay is used by the State illegally
to pay for
the State Trooper System (who don't patrol NYC) instead of enhancing the e911 System, which is required by law. Amazing how tax dollars don't end up
where the people paying them reside.
With regards to New York City succeeding into its own state, it is not a question of if, but rather when
Thank you for reading my opening argument. I look forward to my esteemed opponent’s response.