We always hear some politician (on the right) talk about the way things are in “The Real America.”
This map represents “The Real Americas”:
So, according to this map, there are 11 Americas. I’ve lived in six of them. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve lived in the three real “Real Americas”: Yankeedom, New Netherland and Tidewater. That’s where the United States began, that’s where its laws originated and that’s where it expanded from. All the rest are just pretenders to the “Real America” crown.
Robert Reich, the labor secretary during the Clinton administration, has a documentary out called “Inequality for All.” It focuses on the nations growing economic inequality.
The most frustrating revelation in the documentary though is the realization that a worker was better paid and had more economic opportunity 40 years ago than today.
If you get a chance, go see the movie. But do it quickly. If it arrives in your city, it won’t be there very long. The multiplexes are making room for the holiday fare you’ll go to see in order to forget your financial problems.
Proportional representation doesn’t exist in American politics. The makeup of the U.S. Senate makes that obvious.
On a population basis, it doesn’t seem fair that Rhode Island has as many senators as Texas, or Wyoming has as many as California. You could fit the population of Alaska (about 730,000) in San Diego (1.34 million) and still have room to move in the entire population of Wyoming (about 575,000).
So that’s four senators for the two state and ZERO, ZIP, NADA for the city.
An urban planner named Neil Freeman created a map that shows how the U.S. would be drawn if we had representation based on equal population:
So based on this map, I would have been a resident of, among other places, New York, Newark, Canaveral, Washington and Maumee.
The fundamental problem of the electoral college is that the states of the United States are too disparate in size and influence. The largest state is 66 times as populous as the smallest and has 18 times as many electoral votes. This increases the chance for Electoral College results that don’t match the popular vote.
When the population of a city is bigger than the population of two states, that’s how elections are going to end up.
I kind of lost track that we were supposed to change clocks yesterday. Fortunately, in the tech world we now live in, our gadgets change time automatically. So when I woke up expecting it to be 8:30, it was actually 7:30.