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Forum Post: We need more representation

Posted 8 years ago on Oct. 21, 2011, 11:58 a.m. EST by StevenRoyal (490) from Dania Beach, FL
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I just went to the census population clock. It says the US population is 312,465,970. There are 435 voting Representatives in the House of Representatives. Therefore, each member represents a little over 700,000 people. No wonder why they don't listen to the people anymore. The number of Reps. was fixed via the Apportionment Act of 1911. Before that the numbers of Reps. grew periodically. If we, the people, had more representation, the House of Reps. would be harder to corrupt and be more accountable to the people.



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[-] 1 points by NielsH (212) 8 years ago

Comparing the census of 1910 with the one in 2010, there is a 335% increase of the population. If congress would keep pace with population size, there would now be 1456 members of congress.

It would help, unless it remains a 2-party system where most members vote according to party lines.

[-] 1 points by StevenRoyal (490) from Dania Beach, FL 8 years ago

I would hope that more representatives closer to the people they represent would help.

[-] 1 points by NielsH (212) 8 years ago

I would hope too, but I wonder if it would really be effective. Much of congress' legislation comes out of committees, where a select number of members of congress are seated.

Committees three times the size they have now would certainly lead to very different dynamics. I am not sure it would be workable, but it's worth considering.

[-] 1 points by atki4564 (1259) from Lake Placid, FL 8 years ago

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[-] 1 points by Marlow (1141) 8 years ago

Here's the best reply to your topic.. Search:.. 'The Hacking of Democracy'..

Thank me later. Have a wonderful day, Marlow

Ps, while you are 'Searching'.. google: 'Stop the Corruption on Wall Street', ..open the first Link, and Sign it!

[-] 1 points by StevenRoyal (490) from Dania Beach, FL 8 years ago

Yea, I've heard of that before.

[-] 1 points by Marlow (1141) 8 years ago

Steve... you should watch it.. when you realize what they have shown to be the facts...you will then be aware that even our Vote is meaningless.

Have a great Week End

[-] 1 points by StevenRoyal (490) from Dania Beach, FL 8 years ago

I did and it is depressing. Basically says it doesn't matter how anyone votes, that the votes are determined by the vote counters.

[-] 1 points by Marlow (1141) 8 years ago

Hope you get the Facts you need from the petition, and the Web site sponsoring it... Btw.. here's the Link