Archive for September 15th, 2011

Slay the Gerrymander

This is a map of the proposed new Ohio congressional districts. Get a load of that red snakey district in the south central part of the state, or the narrow green one that follows Lake Erie in the north.

It is obvious, isn’t it, that there is no geographical sense to this, but only partisan manipulation? This is being proposed by the ruling Republican majority, but Democrats do the same when they have the chance.

Shouldn’t there be a mandated federal grid; say, 100 mile squares, which can be divided where population is heavy and added to adjacent districts where it is light? There would still some partisan wrangling, but it would cut it to a great degree.

The Gerrymander is a relic of the 19th century, and it is high time to slay it forever!

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You probably saw these figures in the news. But bear in mind that the official numbers are a woeful underestimate. The federal government says that you are poor if you make a little over $20,000 a year for a family of four. Actually you could make twice that and be hurting; think about your own income and figure out how someone making $20,000 could support a family at all. Meanwhile, executive salaries rose 23% last year.

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