A colleague and I were discussing today the 435 limit on the number of representatives in the house.
This limit was imposed in 1911, 2 years before the birth of the FED.
I am currently doing a bit of research on this to figure out how many reps we would need today as opposed to say...100 years ago.
Originally, as far as I know, The Constitution required that the federal government conduct a census every ten years to determine the number and allocation of seats in the House of Representatives. In 1787 the Constitution established the size of the House of Representatives at 65 members. This was roughly equivalent to one Representative for every 60,000 people.
This of course has not been the case for sometime. Today I assume, In 2004, one Representative speaks for almost 700,000 people, which in itself seems ridiculous.
So based on the simple equation above, 1 rep per 60,000, we would need roughly 5,000 reps today?
Imagine how sweet this could be. Nothing would ever get done!
Which is exactly what the federal government for the most part, should be doing, very little.
Any thoughts out there on this?
Sorry if this topic was brought up before, but I couldnt find any references to it in the forum.