The Last Of The Millenniums

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The Economist is one of the better places for factual articles and op-eds.

‘But it is a problem for the country that the House has ceased to reflect the immediate popular will’.

‘The current crop of Congressional Republicans have proved themselves willing to go to unprecedented lengths—principally putting the Treasury at risk of default—in order to implement their policy agenda, despite holding only one of the three elected arms of the federal government’.

‘With the fiscal cliff looming, perhaps the biggest changes in decades to the role of government in the economy will be negotiated by a party that was rejected at the polls’.

‘For at least the next two years, America will remain stuck with a gravely unrepresentative House of Representatives’.

‘NO SOONER had Barack Obama been re-elected than John Boehner sought to pre-empt the president’s argument that his agenda had been vindicated’.

“The American people want solutions,” the speaker of the House said, “and tonight, they’ve responded by renewing our House Republican majority. With this vote, the American people have also made clear that there is no mandate for raising tax rates.”

‘Did not’!

‘The Democrats won 50.6% of the votes for president, to 47.8% for the Republicans’;

‘53.6% of the votes for the Senate, to 42.9% for the Republicans’;

‘and…49% of the votes for the House, to 48.2% for the Republicans (some ballots are still being counted)’.

‘That’s not a vote for divided government. It’s a clean sweep’.

‘However, in the first vote following the decennial redistricting process in 2010—when Republicans took advantage of their strong performances in state legislative elections to set a new standard for gerrymandering—the House has completely abandoned the popular will’.

‘Not only is the wrong party in control, but it reigns with a sizable majority: despite receiving just 49.6% of the two-party vote, the Republicans have 54% of the seats’.

‘As Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s fact-checker, notes, the fact that Democrats tend to live in cities causes them to be concentrated in fewer Congressional districts’.

‘This means they would probably be under-represented even in the absence of a partisan effort to weaken them. He cites a report showing that the GOP secured 11 seats during the 2010 redistricting—meaning that the Democrats would still be a minority in the House even if the pre-2010 map were still in effect’.
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