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  •  James Madison said something to that effect (0+ / 0-)

    While he agreed that there was a legitimate question as to whether a group of six or seven could wield power more equitably than sixty or seventy, he felt a House of 600--700 was too many.

    Nonetheless, the Constitution's upper limit on the size of the House, of one member per 30,000, would result in an impossibly large body today.

    •  30,000? (0+ / 0-)

      If 30,000 was the size of a congressional seat, with the American population at around 315 million, that would give us a 10,500-member House of Representatives, would it not? That is kinda cray to think about. Paging the New Hampshire House of Representatives…

      However, 30,000 might be off by a bit based on how Article the First was being written. It might be 50,000 that the Framers intended as the perfect size for a House district, in which case, say hello to your 6,000+ member House of Representatives.

      I’m actually surprised this hasn’t turned into a cause celebre among the Tea Party types, what with the interesting constitutional history and all. Seriously, I found the Wikipedia article linked to above to be fascinating. And how fun would it be to gerrymander a US House with so many seats. I mean, California alone would get almost 1,000 seats.

      Kansan by birth, Californian by choice and Gay by the Grace of God.

      by arealmc on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 10:02:07 PM PDT

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