Wednesday, November 14, 2012

the distribution of political influence in the USA

Obama won the popular vote and the electoral vote.  The Republicans won the House.  Ryan now complains that the urban vote is the reason Romney lost.  While I could focus on the racial elements of that comment, I can also take it on literally.   Is it fair that more votes were cast for Democratic House members, but the House is controlled by the Republicans?  Is it fair that the rural states with low population, which voted for Romney, have two Senators, the same as states like California and New York?   Is it fair that the top 1% of the economy can contribute unlimited funds, which vastly exceed what the lower rungs contribute?
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