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Why Does Congress Suck?

Hits: 8752 | Rating: (2.1) | Category: News & Politics | Added by: Squrlz4Sale
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Andrew155
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2564 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:14:05 PM
I agree, Corrine Brown is my former Congresswomen, for some reason.

scheckydamon
Male, 50-59, Southern US
 371 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:11:42 PM
Take a breath, breath. Whoosa. Gerrymandering? Look at Corrine Brown's area in North Florida. Democrat and useless. Sheila Jackson Lee? Same. Most of the bad actors in congress couldn't get elected without it. Heck most of them can't get a job, that's why they're in government.

Andrew155
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2564 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:10:17 PM
I'm aware it's been done for a long time, but the Voting Rights act took it to another extreme. And I never mentioned the Senate.

My entire post was about districts. It was all about districts and how it inherently favors those who are more evenly spread out, as opposed to dense populations. Did you not read it?

QueenZira
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 2181 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:07:51 PM
Andy, Gerrymandering has been done since the 1850s, or did you not see the vid? It has nothing to do with the VRA. And furthermore, it's a thing that affects *districts*, like for the House, not the Senate.


Andrew155
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2564 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:03:43 PM
In fact, I would think that abolishing Gerrymandering would make many districts in many states even less competitive, and you would probably see most of the minorities get voted out of office.

I would really like to see this guy complain about the voting rights act of 1965 that has been a major cause of this Gerrymandering, by the way.

With that said, Gerrymandering shouldn't exist, yes.

QueenZira
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 2181 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:02:33 PM
Listen up 18-35 yr olds, this is why we have to go out and vote, vote like old people, EVERY DAMN ELECTION. Even the off season ones, especially the off season ones, otherwise we'll get a reprise of the Boehner House. We can't just settle for being the big scary Blue tide every Presidential election only... We have to be the omnipresent Blue flood!

Okay, pep talk over.

Andrew155
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2564 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:02:23 PM
It's actually a common misconception that the Gerrymandering would favor Republicans and significantly effect the competitiveness of districts. Why, you ask? Because where the Democrats live, they live very densely and Republicans are much more spread out. Democrats have major population centers that are 90% Democrat - Manhattan, San Francisco, Cook County, Philadelphia, The Republicans have very few places that have such a margin of victory, even in the South.

So let's say you make the districts as normal shaped as possible. Each district has 600k-700k. The country is 50-50 Republican and Democrat. In districting Manhattan, you get two Democrat seats, but because it's 90% Democrat

So, even naturally, the Democrats get lumped into more Democrat-dense districts and the Republicans are more evenly distributed.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33895 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:55:55 AM

What is that you're saying?
Congress is not entirely honest? They're not battling to improve of my life?



Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:31:02 AM
Link: Why Does Congress Suck? [Rate Link] - One word: gerrymandering.

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