I think one of my favorite hobbies is playing around with reformatting the States that make up the U.S. with the goal of obtaining more equal representation. It just seems that the present setup is so much out of skew with our times. When 10% of the country’s population can control the other 90% simply due to having an vastly over proportionate number of representatives in our national congress things need to change.
- I’ve made posts in the past explaining how the low population States became States mainly because of 200+ year old transportation methods or simply because of regional differences.
- I have also had posts about given the fact that the Senate makeup is near to the bedrock of our constitution it is very unlikely to be able to change that.
- So, here is another idea to get away from giving some of our citizens ten times the power of the rest of us.
Lets start with the State of Wyoming as the template. I seem to pick on them a lot but since they are the smallest State by population per square mile it seems appropriate. I know some of you will tell me that Wyoming has 6 people/square mile and Alaska has only 1.3 so they are the smallest. But, as I have said before Alaska is not really a State in my mind, they are more like a holding tank for our oil while Wyoming is in the center of the country. Anyway I am using Wyoming as the standard for this post.
Wyoming has a population of about 580,000 people. If we can’t force them to incorporate with their surrounding States then let’s join them. Lets make a State by definition having no more than 600,000 people. Each of those 0.6 million citizens would have two Senators and one Congressperson as Wyoming presently does and is mandated by our current constitution.
My home State of Indiana would be split into 10 different States. Just for fun I will try to name them. Of course there would be the States of North Indianapolis and South Indianapolis. Joining them would the States of Ft. Wayne, Gary, South Bend, Evansville and Marion, along with a couple of others yet to be determined.
The biggie would be California which would be broken down into 79 separate States. I won’t even attempt to name all those. As a total the United States would be 550 strong. The tiny island of Manhattan would have to be broken up into three States. I’ll leave it up to them to figure out how to do that.
The overall result would mean 1100 Senators and 550 House representatives. Having more Senators than Congressmen might just prove to be a good thing. At least they would not have to be in a constant mode of re-election since they hold office for six years instead of two. Maybe money would not be so prominent in national politics.
I don’t see anything in our constitution that says a State can’t split into more than one so it would not require a constitutional amendment to happen. Having 550 States can’t be any worse than the 50 we now have. Maybe we could even add a anti-gerrymandering provision to the new State makeup? Who know, as Martha Stewart used to say, “it might be a good thing”.
But then again that would mean even more of those yahoos in DC to constantly be bickering with each other….