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  •  Only way out is to increase the House membership (3+ / 0-)
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    should be one Rep per 30,000.

    That would make it about 10,000 today.

    Technology can make it happen.

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    by ROGNM on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 08:52:43 AM PST

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    •  Something more modest, perhaps (5+ / 0-)

      The House functioned just fine after Alaska and Hawai'i were added to the nation and set the current number of Representatives to 435 (voting) members. The population in 1960, the first election after they joined, was 180,000,000. That gave us one Representative for ~400,000 Americans. Bring that ratio back and we'd have 745 Representatives. However it still wouldn't be the "People's House" since it'll still be control by the monied interests. Be it 435 or 10,000 if they're controlled by the money in politics they won't help "We the People" any more than they do today.

      What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

      by ontheleftcoast on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 08:59:18 AM PST

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      •  I've never really understood the house cap (1+ / 0-)
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        The Constitution specifically says how many people each representative should represent. How is it that we don't follow that rule without a Constitutional amendment?

        •  It only gives a minimum, not a maximum (1+ / 0-)
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          Basically it was to avoid a terrority becoming a state with only 5,000 people in it getting a full vote in the House. The current law reads

          After the first enumeration required by the first Article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty thousand, until the number shall amount to one hundred, after which, the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall be not less than one hundred Representatives, nor less than one Representative for every forty thousand persons, until the number of Representatives shall amount to two hundred, after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall not be less than two hundred Representatives, nor more than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons.
          This means we must have at least 200 Representatives and at least 50,000 people represented by each. Which makes the earlier proposal of one per 30,000 impossible without Amendment.

          What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

          by ontheleftcoast on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 10:42:49 AM PST

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    •  Or split the country into regions. n/t (0+ / 0-)

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 09:01:15 AM PST

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