Any New Yorkers want to help me with some figuring?
I intend to add a couple of paragraphs to my Hub - "The final death of democracy or its rebirth?" - comparing the total federdal/state/county/city elected representation presently given to the City of New York - population 8.1 million - versus the total federal/states'/counties'/cities' representation given to the early United States - population 3 to 4 million. Anyone want to help me figure New York City representation, I'd appreciate it. The decrease in representation must be enormous, more thousand fold perhaps.
There's no doubt that our representation is being diluted as the population grows. The U.S. House of Reps should be expanded to provide more democratic (small d) representation of the U.S. population. Our population has doubled over the past several decades, but the U.S. House of Reps has stayed the same size, which means we are only getting 1/2 the representation we used to get. More representatives would mean a better chance for diverse views and 3rd parties to get a shot at obtaining House seats. Of course, the 2 major parties don't want to dilute their power, so any expansion is unlikely any time soon.
And the population has grown a hundred times the since its structure was designed with the Constitution. But I'm so glad you understand this. So few seem to. No help though in helping come up with a number for representative. : (
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