This is a long post:
via The Atlantic
The US House of Representatives has had 435 members for 100 years. Prior to this, the House regularly increased its membership to mirror growing population in the United States. This decrease in representation at the federal level has had drastic consequences for effective and fair government. As the democratic body of the legislative branch, the House of Representatives was designed to represent everyone. As Representatives have grown more and more distant from their constituents, their power has dramatically increased while their responsiveness to anyone but the highest bidder has all but vanished. With larger districts electioneering becomes the most important job and money the loudest voice, drowning out the voices of those who truly hold the power.
This infographic visualizes historical aspects of the US House of Representatives to help grasp its changed nature. Congressional representation was one of the most vigorously argued issues during the founding of our republic, and I believe it is still a crucial issue to the functioning of our legislative branch.
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THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE INFOGRAPHIC (1.5MB JPG)
You can find more detailed information on this issue at
Notice the unequal recovery in national income share of corporations vs. wage/salary earners. Also notice how the ratio has changed from a fairly equal recovery in the 70’s and 80’s versus the 21st century recessions. Obviously, corporations are doing very poorly and we need tax cuts and less regulation to help them be more competitive. And let’s not forget to cut benefits and safety nets for those rapacious wage slaves!
via Northeastern University study: “The ‘Jobless and Wageless Recovery’ from the Great Recession of 2007-2009”