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Less taxation with less representation?

March 12, 2010 - Rob Weaver

What if they threw a Congress, but nobody came?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, census information affects the numbers of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives.
I know what some of you are thinking. ... What would happen if, say, in 2020, every American in every household nationwide cooperated in a grassroots effort to answer the census with “no one is home.”
Could it work? Would we actually reduce the size of Congress? Theoretically, at least, that should put a significant dent in the amount of earmarks, not to mention the overhead for staffing and whatnot. We’d still be stuck with 100 senators, but -- if everyone stood together on this -- there only would be 50 representatives, one for every state.
Sorry, but the number of representatives was set at 435 in the early 1960s. This year’s census will help divide those 435 among the states.
So, yes, if you are thinking that an organized undercount could reduce the size of Congress, that won’t work. Please, just fill out the census form and send it in.


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