Abolish the Senate!

From the Village Voice:

Scott Brown Wins Mass. Race, Giving GOP 41-59 Majority in the Senate

Did some quick calculations and found that, theoretically, a coalition of 41 senators representing roughly 11% of the U.S. population could block any bill from passing. Take the population of the 21 least populous states and that adds up to less than 11% of the U.S. population. Of course, you could also add the next 9 least populous states and have a supermajority in the Senate representing 25% of the U.S. population. Talk about a miscarriage of justice.

How crazy is it that the Democrats have an 18 vote majority and are now considered doomed since the GOP won’t vote for anything they want to pass while in Canada, the Tories are running things with less than 50% of the seats in parliament?

I think that we tolerate the Senate because senators, for the most part, seem so reasonable (bar Jim DeMint). The wackos in the House give the less democratic chamber a lot of buffer. It’s easy to tolerate the injustice of Wyoming having the same number of votes in the Senate as California when Michelle Bachmann and that guy who called Obama “uppity” in Georgia are more accurately representing the people.


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