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Subject: An excellent idea Date: 4/1/2005 8:01 PM
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How to make the House more accountable and responsive to "The People". And it would make it more difficult for sleazebags like DeLay to accrue such power.

http://www.mydd.com/story/2005/4/1/8032/39789#readmore

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It's time to reorganize the Congress.

The House of Representatives has been stuck at 435 members for close to a century, resulting in members of the "People's House" who barely know the people, and whose campaigns cost so much, they spend all their time talking to contributors, not voters. This was not the intent of the founders, as can be seen by reading the Constitution.

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Under the original Constitution, the Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty thousand. If that held today, Congress would number over 9800. Needless to say, the "People's House" is more remote from the people than it was then, and so long as membership is frozen at 435, it continues to grow more remote. The only thing stopping us from having 1000, or even 10,000 Representatives is the size of the House chamber. In this era of electronic voting and networks that is not an issue, except for ceremonial occasions like the State of the Union, which could take place at a sufficiently large auditorium away from the Capitol if necessary.

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