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1 elizajane  Sat, Jul 30, 2011 1:48:17pm

I disagree on the # of people represented. It would indeed make the body much too big. I also don't think that members who only represented a limited number of people would necessarily be any saner and more responsible. Look at state legislatures around the country. Their members often represent less than 200,000 people yet there are many complete lunatics, possibly even worse than the average US congressman. Look at Wisconsin.

I'm completely on your side about gerrymandering, though. I have long thought that it was the single worst problem in our system, though now campaign finance is competing for that distinction.

2 Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All  Sat, Jul 30, 2011 2:02:43pm

I can't argue with you on the local state Reps, some of them are way way out there. I would hope that on a more national stage you wouldn't see the same level of crazy (but looking at the US House right now, that's whistling past the grave yard).

Fixing Gerrymandering would probably be the single biggest and best step (which is ironic that i spent more time talking about increasing the size of the US House). But if you combine the two, I still think that it'd make a bigger positive impact than either one of these would in isolation. But if I had to choose only one, you're right, fixing gerrymandering would the most important piece.

3 Obdicut  Sat, Jul 30, 2011 2:15:47pm

re: #2 bloodstar

I agree with most of what you've said here, and I don't think we can really get more nutjobs than are currently in congress. I also think this might help people understand who their congressperson actually was. This, to me, is a much better solution than increasing 'states rights'.

Sadly, such a change is really hard to accomplish since it's a reworking of the power structure, and anyone who will lose by it will oppose it. Many of those who would gain by it, of course, are not represented in the current power structure, so they can't be felt very strongly.

4 Spocomptonite  Sat, Jul 30, 2011 2:21:01pm

In other countries such as Australia, a non-partisan commission made up of non-elected people redistrict based upon strict guidelines already laid down.
Why on Earth our system is a partisan free-for-all without any rules on what a district can turn out to be (look at Illinois) I don't know.

5 Spocomptonite  Sat, Jul 30, 2011 2:28:31pm

Also, your reps # would be completely unfeasible as things are done now. First, where are you going to put 1500 politicians? Here?
I'd be all for the embracing of technology for a process that's remained the same since the 1700's. Why can't reps tele-commute? It enables them to stay in the districts they represent so ideally they can stay more connected and then we cut down on the expense of travel, housing, and etc for 1500 politicians to come to D.C. Then, 1500 wouldn't be all that impossible or impractical for assembly.
Obviously the rules would have to change, because you can't allow 1 person to hold up progress of the other 1500. The importance and power of individual reps in such a house would have to be diminished.

6 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Sat, Jul 30, 2011 4:14:07pm
America's origins as a group of states working together to create a single country.

I thought the Union was created by the American People, not the States.

7 dragonfire1981  Sun, Jul 31, 2011 6:23:47am

I have never been fond of the electoral college myself. As a Canadian certain aspects of American politics have always perplexed me. It seems like they try to make things as complicated at possible, just to cater to the whims of those with the most power.

I would like to see mid term elections eliminated. I come from a country where mid terms do not occur and I liked that. It at least gives a party who wins power a full term to fulfil a mandate.

8 aagcobb  Sun, Jul 31, 2011 8:16:19am

The creation of minority-majority districts, which had the positive intent of increasing the number of African-American representatives in the House, has also had the unintended consequence of creating ultra-conservative, nearly all-white districts, contributing to the polarization of Congress. Gerrymandering to segregate nearly all minority voters into majority-minority districts needs to stop so that candidates in the middle of the political spectrum have more of a chance of being elected.


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