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jabailo



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:17 am    Post subject: Government Scaling Reply with quote

At the beginning of the United States, we had one President, yet the population was 2 million ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographic_history_of_the_United_States#Population_Growth_Patterns_Projections ).

Now the population is 300 million -- a 150 times increase in power -- yet we still only have one President.

Same with Senators. There were two when states had a few hundred thousand people and now with states having millions there are still two.

I find that strange...because think about it in terms of access and accessibility to the top levels of power. The person living in 1776 had far greater reach and "say" in the running of the country than a person living in 2008.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://thirty-thousand.org/

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The framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights intended that the total population of Congressional districts never exceed 50 to 60 thousand. Currently, the average population size of the districts is nearly 700,000 and, consequently, the principle of proportionally equitable representation has been abandoned.
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