Saturday, August 08, 2009

More Congressman, Good Idea

This site claims that one of our problems is that congressional districts have gotten too big. Each Congressman now represents 700,000. They were a lot more accessible before the arbitrary cap of 435 was placed on the House and each of them represented only 100,000, 50,000, or even just 30,000 people. They make an excellent case and I found their points well worth reading.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Cynic said...

The point of greater & better representation is well taken; however, I don't agree that we need more politicians in Washington. I don't know what is the answer, but it seems to me requiring our current Senators and Representatives to hold regular town hall meetings (something they probably aren't keen on doing right now) would be somewhat of an improvement, making sure there is ample time to discuss their votes and issues. Some of the latest televised town hall meetings have had some beautiful moments, one in particular where a Congressman (it was either Ross or Snyder) stated Obama doesn't want a single payer health care system, and the folks shouted back, "Yes, he does!" (he does) along with other glorious moments like chants of "Read the bill!" The people, thankfully and understandbly, are revolting to Washington's waste, fraud, corruption, excess, special favors, special interests and preferred treatment of those with connections.

4:38 PM, August 09, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Did you read that link though? They made a good case for why making each congressman accountable to a smaller slice of the population will make the opinion of each count more.

5:21 PM, August 09, 2009  
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11:58 PM, August 09, 2009  
Anonymous Cynic said...

Yes, I read the link, but I still can't agree 100% that more Congressmen/women are what we need; bigger government just doesn't make sense to me. I do agree however, that more accountability is desperately needed. In today's world of instantaneous communication(s), there should be no vote(s) that our D.C. representatives cast going unnoticed and there should be no reason that a Congressman/woman should be able to duck, dodge & hide from constituents. They go to Washington and think their actions & votes are hidden from us unwashed "hicks" back home. Former Senator Dale Bumpers once said on a PBS appearance, "Now that I'm out of office, I'll be perfectly frank . . . " He basically admitted not being honest while in office! To me, a greater degree of accountability is a better approach than more politicians getting a golden ticket to the public trough.

9:06 AM, August 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't need more congressmen, we need fewer states. That is, it's high time we considered peacefully parting ways with the big government loving socialist liberals and the corporatist right wingers who never met an international situation they didn't want to meddle with & profit from.

9:31 AM, August 11, 2009  

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