I complain often about the undemocratic state of our government where the Electoral College elects a President with less than a majority and where each state has two Senators irrespective of population.
’s two Senators representing 500,000 constituents have as much clout as Wyoming ’s representing 3.500,000. The one man one vote principle has been hijacked and now legislation by elected representatives is being scuttled. Connecticut
The latest affront to democracy is the recently formed Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Harry Reid’s harebrained “Supper Committee”, tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in savings and deficit reductions. For the moment ignore the partisan, biased and self serving nature of those just nominated, about that later. Let’s just do the numbers, the actual raw numbers that these “super twelve” congress people represent and who will wield power over the rest of us, all 311,000,000 of us, accordingly to the latest Census figures:
The “super twelve” represent 49,000,000 constituents, see below, and that is but a mere 15% of the population. What about 37,593,000
’ 25,200,000 souls, Californians, Texas ’s 19,378,000 residents, or 18,800,000 Floridians? Just those four state have 100,171,000 in population, twice the number represented by the “super twelve”, but their voice or the voice of their elected representatives will not be heard. New York
In the present scheme of things the legislation provides that just seven members are needed to decide on what cuts are to be made, what taxes and revenues are needed, who will wither and who will prosper. In other words the future fiscal policy of the
is being decided by a minority, not a majority or even a plurality. If taken to the extreme seven congress people [six representatives and one senator] representing 5,031,000 constituents hold our economic future in their hands. That is less than 2%, 0.015% to be exact, of the population. That’s sheer madness. United States
If there is no agreement to be had in the “Super Committee” then spending cuts will be automatically without regard to consequences. More madness.
When you factor in the corrosive influence of campaign contributions, the outcome will be even more flawed.
received $5.2 billion in defense contracts in Fiscal Year 2009 with Boeing, the state’s largest defense contractor, being Senator Patty Murray’s fourth biggest contributor to her political career. Max Baucus the Senator from Washington State [population 968,000] has received “$5.2 million in campaign contributions from the finance, insurance and real estate industries since 2005”. Kerry’s Montana has seen its defense industry triple since 2000. Massachusetts
Do you expect that the general financial welfare of the whole country to be served in the face of parochial self interests? I do not. Yet you voted, and stand idly by, while this perversity of democracy unfolds.
 joint select committee on deficit reduction
representatives state CONSTITUENTS
Jeb Hensaling [r]
5th District 704,000 Texas
Dave Camp [r]
4th District 676,000 Michigan
Fred Upton [r]
6th District 672,000 Michigan
James E. Clyburn [d]
6th District 666,500 South Carolina
Xavier Becerra [d]
31st District 635,000 California
Chris Van Hollen [d]
8th District 709,500 Maryland
John Kyl [r]
Rob Portman [r]
Pat Toomey [r]
John Kerry [d]
Max Baucus [d]
Patty Murray [d]
total CONSTITUENTS 49,001,000