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    KVoimakas, AoT, valion

    I think the real issue you're raising is that rural voting power has increased over urban as cities became denser and more integrated with their suburbs.  This is reflected not only in the Senate, but also in the House where districting concentrates urban votes.

    In principle, this isn't a bad thing; part of the glue that holds this country together is the sense that urban concerns not swamp those of rural ones.  The specific calculus may require some tweaking, but at social contract underlying it must preserve rural interests so long as there's a sizable rural population (and 20 percent of 300 million is sizable) and so long as the cities depend on rural communities for a variety of agricultural products and raw materials.

    When God gives you lemons, you find a new god.

    by Patrick Costighan on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:27:52 AM PDT

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