Don’t Like The Shutdown…Blame The Constitution On This One   Leave a comment

There’s an interesting and thought-provoking article over at Think Progress on the constitutional reasons why a government shutdown is all-but-certain to happen tonight; for what it’s worth, I agree with Ian Millhiser on this one. As I read the article, it got me thinking…if you could make changes to the Constitution OR could re-write the Constitution back in 1787, what would you do?

There’s a few ideas that come to mind….

  • Separate the powers of the head of state from the head of government. With a few exceptions, most countries split these powers apart, in essence delegating the ceremonial powers to one person and the day-to-day powers to another.
  • Eliminate single-member House districts and elect members of the lower house by proportional representation using multi-member congressional districts. FWIW, I did a little experiment on this, using the results of the 2012 House elections in the state of California; the state, with 53 representatives, was divided into 10 MMDs’ of variable size (3-7 representatives per district) and seats were allocated by the largest remainder method. The result: 30 Democrats, 22 Republicans and 1 Libertarian would’ve gone to Washington from the Golden State (as opposed to the current 35-18 Democratic split). 
  • Abolish the Senate and add its’ members to the House, allocated in the same manner as for House seats.

There’s a few more things that come to mind….this is also a open thread, by the way. 😉


Posted September 30, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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