Sunday, December 4, 2016

Taxation without Representation

Excellent analysis by Steven Johnson in the New York Times Sunday Review today about how the blue states are losing economically as well as in their unequal status in the Electoral College:

"'s the blue state citizens who are funding a system that by law undercounts their votes," he concludes.

For every dollar New Jersey pays in taxes, it receives 61 cents in federal benefits and spending, while Wyoming spends a dollar and gets $1.11 back.

Yet every voter in rural Wyoming has more than 3 times the weight in the Electoral College as a voter in New Jersey or California.  

Being taxed but under-represented is called taxation without representation.

Why are we Californians, Minnesotans, New Jerseyans, New Englanders and others putting up with this system?  

Down with the electoral college!  We need a one-vote-equal-to-all-other-votes system, like the other democracies of the world.

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