Letter to the Editor: Representation diluted
I am wondering about our representative government. I think we have got a lot more government than representation. In 1823 the population was about 9,650 of us. There were 213 representatives at that time in office. There was one representative for about every 45,305 of us. In the year 1913 there were about 93 million people in the United States. There were 436 representatives in the House of Representatives. That got us one representative for every 213,302 of us. In the year 2005 - including the 5 million illegal aliens that George Bush slipped into Texas - there are over 300 million Americans. We still have only 436 representatives in the House of Representatives. That's about one representative for every 688,073 of us. Back in 1823 or even in 1913 there was a small chance at least of meeting your representative.
Now who among us feels that one man can adequately represent 688,073 of us with any degree of effectiveness? I personally feel that these representatives are better able to represent their own selfish group interests to us than they are able to represent us to our government.
Don't you think it is time to increase the number of representatives in office, time to reduce their pay, time to remove their extraordinary health benefits? Why are some backwoods hicks directing the lives and fates of millions of city dwellers? Don't you think it is time to reduce them to the office of representative from the throne in which they have forced themselves?