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this is really interesting. thirty-thousand.org

One of the major issues impacting our government at this time is how the red tape has crippled the ability of the average Joe to run for office. As long as a legion of lawyers and support staff is needed just to get the paperwork done we’ll only have major party candidates or special interest candidates. If the House of Representatives is given back to hands of the People where it belongs, perhaps our voices will be heard.

I’m against the idea of bigger government and this question is addressed in the Q&A.

Give it a read, definitely something to think about.

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Posted on February 21, 2009, in constitution, freedom, politics. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you for mentioning Thirty-Thousand.org (TTO). Our representation in the House is a poorly understood subject. We are supposed to be a republic, but instead we are governed by an oligarchy that serves only the special interests (instead of the citizenry).

    It seems counterintuitive that increasing the number of representatives will reduce the size of government. This is because people commonly confuse governance with government.

    Libertarians are well known for their steadfast opposition to larger government, but they have been quick to embrace the concept of enlarging our representation. Here’s two examples. First, read Walter Williams’ article “Political Monopoly Power” in which he states that “restricting the number of representatives confers significant monopoly power that goes a long way toward explaining the stranglehold the two parties have and the high incumbent success rates. It might also explain the power of vested interest groups to influence congressional decisions.

    Also listen to Listen to Lew Rockwell’s 10-minute interview of Dr. Mark Thornton Dr. Thornton has written two papers providing empirical evidence that total governmental expenditures decrease as the number of representatives increases. (These reports and others are available here.)

    For those who want to learn more about how enlarging representation relates to our Bill of Rights, be sure to read this important account of “Article the first“. (The text of Article the first itself can be read here.)

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