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Out of curiosity, why doesn't it make much sense today, if it made sense in 1776?

Good question.

It has to do with the number of states.

Based on the US population in 1770 (closest estimate to 1776 I could find per state), the average population per state was 160,788. That meant 6 states were below that total and 7 states were above it.

According to current numbers, the average population per state is 6,432,000. That means 34 are below the average and 17 above (the data includes D of C).

The number of "small" states vs "large" states was roughly equal in the 1770s vs the current 2 to 1 ratio today, giving small states a greater proportion of the power.

So a system that was designed to give balance is now skewed.

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