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Congressional districts should be increased

Paso Robles



I have always been troubled by the idea of using campaign finance laws to try to combat big corporate spending in political campaigns. The current laws are complex and easily evaded and corrupted by the big money spenders anyway, and then there is the issue of free speech.

The millions of dollars necessary for Congressional campaigns pay for TV and radio ads, written propaganda, rent on a dozen or more local offices, their staff and equipment, etc. The Congressional districts are so large that this is the only way to reach all the people effectively.

With grass roots democracy, however, money is largely irrelevant. If districts were small enough to the point where a candidate could talk directly to all the voters personally in a campaign season, one wouldn’t need big money to run, and its use by the opposition would be negated.

The downside of this, however, could be an unwieldy House of Representatives with 10,000 or so members. Perhaps the districts could be subdivided into, say, 10 elector districts, with the people voting for their elector. The 10 electors, in turn, could vote for the district representative.

And then there is the Senate. Here is where big money really talks and is needed. Haven’t we outgrown the historic need for this body? Let’s just get rid of it.

-- Gerald Manata - Paso Robles

-- Gerald Manata - Paso Robles

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