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  •  Why are more representatives better? (1+ / 0-)
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    The Senate has 100 members and is an improvement over the House with 435 members.

    •  Its the ratio of representatives to voters... (5+ / 0-)

      that must be gotten right.

      By that measure, the Senate is worse than the House - especially for large states. The current Senate can be filibustered with something like 20% of the population of the country.

      But, more than just numerical fairness, what representative needs to listen to any one mere citizen (i.e., non-billionaire) out of millions of voters? Answer: no rep.

      You have fewer voters per rep, and less power per rep to get the voters on a level playing field with their public "servants". While a Senator can blow off a citizen, its much harder for a staffer whose constituency is only about 30,000 voters to start pissing off people who know a hundred of those 30,000 voters. Do that ten times and you have just created a 3% vote swing.

      •  And yet, think how bad things would be right now (0+ / 0-)

        without the Senate configured as it is.  Look at all the garbage the "more representative" House has put forth.

        My conclusion is that what is good in theory (the more representation the better) is not necessarily good in practice.

        •  As is, it is rural gerrymandered.... (0+ / 0-)

          that's why it's gridlocked. Plus, super-majority voting and one-Senator "holds" on top of the gerrymander. It makes the Polish parliament of the 1700s look modern.

          And, again, the House is acknowledged to have been gerrymandered by the GOP in the 2010 census.

          Your "not good in practice" argument vaguely resembles the "no gun laws because they don't stop criminals" logic.

          If it doesn't work in practice, we either clean it up or go down the drain as a country.

      •  The only way this could work for improved (1+ / 0-)
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        representation is if there were a way to achieve non-partisan districts.  Fat chance of that.

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