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  •  Why have a Senate? (0+ / 0-)

    If we insist that a democracy needs a HOUSE of LORDS, then
    the Constitution prescribes its solution. Here is a radical proposal: Amend the Constitution to require that no state with fewer than four congressmen can be awarded a senator. States qualifying for a senator may be awarded additional seats in the Senate determined by a proportional rule; namely, the number of senators awarded to a state will be the integer part of the quotient obtained by dividing the number of congressional seats by four.

    By this algorithm, states like Wyoming and Alaska would be stripped of Senators. States like California, Texas, and Florida would be awarded additional plums. Current senators, having miles and miles of sand and or swamp for their constituencies would be sent home to enjoy their nothingness.

    Let X be an entity; call it Y.

    by Senile Goat on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 06:40:09 AM PST

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