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Subject:  Re: Impact of Right Wing Echo Chamber Date:  12/18/2018  9:43 PM
Author:  salaryguru Number:  122932 of 129697

Except that's really just skewed by the massive outlier of California, which has six times the average state's population - contrasted with the 1770 most populous state of Virginia, which had only 2.78 times the average.

Perhaps you didn't notice, but 6 is more than double 2.78. So the compromise to Democratic principles of one person/one vote that was made in 1776 is twice as severe to California voters today as it was in 1776. I don't know how a rational person doesn't see a factor of 2 as significant.

Drop California, and the national average goes to 5.6 million, moving the above/below ratio down to 3 to 2 instead of 2 to 1. Drop Virginia from 1770, and the line doesn't move at all.

Drop California? On what basis is it relevant analysis to simply ignore the biggest part of the problem? Normally, intelligent people who apply analytical reasoning to address a problem focus on the biggest part of the problem. If it is legitimate to neglect a portion of a problem, then the portion that can be neglected is the part that contributes least, not most.

The state just below the national average is Missouri, at six million people. That is not a small state. Look, the median U.S. state (by population) today is between Louisiana and Kentucky, about 4.6 million people. Those are not small states. Sure, they're less than the average - because the average is skewed by those super-populous states.

And now you focus on the unimportant part of the problem - the states that are not getting representation in the Senate that is radically different from their population. It's like you don't understand mathematical principles at all. Analysis of the problem needs to consider the contributions that most impact the problem and can neglect the contributions that impact it less - not the other way around. If this were a math assignment, you are failing.

We don't really have more "small" states - we just have two "super-sized" states in California and Texas that skew the average. Drop the top two and bottom two, and the mode gets very close to the median again.

More of the same . . . You are basically saying that if we ignore the problem of unbalanced representation of the Senate, then it doesn't exist. Yeah . . . that's true. But a lack of balance in representation is the problem, so ignoring it is simply stupid and misguided.

The system is still pretty balanced except for California.

Yeah. And Trump is pretty honest except for the lies.
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