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Is 435 enough

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Salty, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club
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    When the Constitution was written; it provided one represenative for each 30,000 citizens.
    Now that we have a population of 300 million, we have one represenative for each 689,655 people!

    Is it time to increase our number of represenatives?

    I would recommend the House be increased to 750 members. That would bring the ratio down to 1:400,000

    Thoughts

    Salty
     
  2. KenH

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    I say leave it as it. 435 are enough. It's not like they actually listen to their constituents, by and large, anyway - regardless of the number of people in their districts.
     
  3. rbell

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    only problem is...we can't find 435 good people. Where will we find more?

    more reps mean more gerrymandered districts, and an even more fractured congress (if that's possible)

    If the following is a hijack then ignore it...if not, it could be discussed in this thread also...

    Should we repeal the 17th amendment...and allow state legislatures to select our senators. In theory, it would bring senatorial candidates to a more local focus. What thinketh ya'll?
     
  4. Pete

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    ?!?!

    435 represenatives?

    Do any of them actually represent? :BangHead: :smilewinkgrin:


    Get rid of the lot of them...and while you are about it there are a couple of hundred taking up space Down Under too ;)
     
  5. NateT

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    representatives are like laws, let's work on making the ones we have work before we add more :)
     
  6. hillclimber1

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    We don't need more, we need more quality in the ones we send.

    Quality: Faith in Jesus Christ......Fighter for the unborn......Lover of one wife......Good father......
     
  7. Jerome

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    James Madison answered your question in Federalist #55:

    "Sixty or seventy men may be more properly trusted with a given degree of power than six or seven. But it does not follow that six or seven hundred would be proportionably a better depositary. And if we carry on the supposition to six or seven thousand, the whole reasoning ought to be reversed. The truth is, that in all cases a certain number at least seems to be necessary to secure the benefits of free consultation and discussion, and to guard against too easy a combination for improper purposes; as, on the other hand, the number ought at most to be kept within a certain limit, in order to avoid the confusion and intemperance of a multitude."

    "At the expiration of twenty-five years, according to the computed rate of increase, the number of representatives will amount to two hundred, and of fifty years, to four hundred. This is a number which, I presume, will put an end to all fears arising from the smallness of the body."
     
  8. billwald

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    No, to many representatives

    I propose we dissolve the Constitution and form 50 sovereign nations under the Articles of Confederacy.
     
  9. DeeJay

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    You cant be serious.
     
  10. KenH

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    Yes. :thumbs:
     
  11. Salty

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    Actually, there would only be 40 sovereign nations, as ten States would be re-organized under the Constitution of the CSA! :thumbsup:

    ink to the CSA constitution http://www.americancivilwar.com/documents/confederate_constitution.html


    Salty

    ps Save your dixie cups
     
  12. The Galatian

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    It would be attractive to some. Smaller elections are easier to rig.
     
  13. billwald

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    CSA is fine with me.

    Only secret elections can be rigged.
     
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