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Old 03-09-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Texas
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So lets elect 1000 Presidents, problem solved.
Quit looking for government to run your lives.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Excellent points. Just on travel, accommodations and office overhead alone I am sure that a pretty penny could be saved. It's hard for our politicians to represent us when they aren't even around here to listen to the wants and needs of the people. They are protected by sitting hundreds or thousands of miles away.

If the people who are supposed to represent us are much closer and are more readily accessible then their constituents can get in touch with them easy and actually get word to them on how we want them to vote. They are voted into office and then vote based on what will benefit them financially as well as get them re-elected. It's not a very good system especially with the amount of technology there is.
Another reason to have the states run things. At least the backroom deals would be amongst instaters and the local voters can vote them out.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:48 AM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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Congress is much too big. We could do with one senator from each state and cut the number of representatives to be 1/3 the size it is now. These people cost more than they are worth and that would help the economy. With e-mails, computers, cell phones, that many in congress should be able to do just fine.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:56 AM
 
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Congress is much too big. We could do with one senator from each state and cut the number of representatives to be 1/3 the size it is now. These people cost more than they are worth and that would help the economy. With e-mails, computers, cell phones, that many in congress should be able to do just fine.
If your representative is supposed to represent 2 1/2 million people, and you're just one person, do you feel represented?

The reason that people feel disconnected from the federal government, and worry that it doesn't represent the people anymore, is that representatives are charged with representing too many people. Your solution only makes that problem much, much worse.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 235 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

The 545 People Responsible For All Of U.S. Woes

Nope. We don't need anymore of these guys. Nope.
Each has an army of staffers the filter requests from the peasants each day.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Each has an army of staffers the filter requests from the peasants each day.
Is filter another word for ignore? Unle$$ of course tho$e reque$t$ have $omething attached to it.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Here
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What's wrong with Congress is you have no term limits. Career politicians that are simply looking out for THEIR best interests is a huge problem.

Time to put a stop to this crap.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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http://http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/09/opinion/flynn-expand-congress/index.html?hpt=hp_t3 (broken link)

What are people's thoughts on this? I think there are some very valid points especially in regards to the number of constituents one represents and how much that has grown.
Your link is not working, but I've heard the argument made before. It is absolutely correct. If we expanded the congress into the thousands, as we are constitutionally able to do, it would make it much harder for lobbyists to buy congress men off and far more Americans would have access to their respective representatives. Sometime like this would be VERY hard to enact though. The beast would roar and roar with all of its might if it thought that congress was about to become an organ of power for the people.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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Something to consider, if we did expand the House to a realistic number (which would easily be ten times its size now), the Senate would become a much more important lordly body -- as was intended by the Constitution. The House would become a much more dynamic and responsive organ -- the Senate would act like a censor keeping a lid on all of the radical proposals (radically left, right and center) coming out of the House.

With today's technology, there is no reason we have to spend more on the House either. Why do we STILL send congressmen to Washington D.C.? Is that really necessary? Keep them in the neighborhood amongst the peoeple they represent. Let them legislate virtually. Let them travel to D.C. once a year or so -- that's about it. We need to leverage 21st century technology toward getting back to 18th century democracy. If you were a white man with property in 1790, you had a lot more say in your government than you have now.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:50 AM
 
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Much of the problems that people like to point out would be solved by increasing the size of the legislature could more simply and easily be solved with term limits.
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