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  •  That might work if (5+ / 0-)

    you get the money out of it. What use is it to increase the number of representatives if they don't really represent the interests of anybody but their corporate masters? Wouldn't twice the number still be just as unyielding to the will of their constituents if they have to keep those campaign coffers filled? I don't see the point if there are just going to be twice as many to ignore the pleas of the common man. We need public financing.

    It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.--- Bertrand Russell

    by triv33 on Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 10:08:52 AM PST

    •  Smaller constituencies (1+ / 0-)
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      Jay Elias

      should make it easier for local persons to affect an election.

      I'd like to see congressional districts the size of my high school (about 2000). I could have placed a name to seven out of ten faces there. To win, a candidate would have to be on conversational terms with every constituent. That's the guy I trust to represent my interests in appropriate proportion to his own. In the months leading up to the health care vote, he might have personally feilded a call from EVERY VOTER.

      I see no good reason why we couldn't work a 175,000 member parliament. Do it online. We don't have to let them all speak on every issue - just vote.

      Maybe it's a pipe dream, but doubling the current size of HOR moves in that direction, IMO.

      (just wish there weren't, like, 500 emergencies in the "what do we legislate now?" file)

      "Get hold of portable property." Dickens

      by ZAP210 on Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 10:54:34 AM PST

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