Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Whole number of persons

A friend of mine asked me to take a second look at Ken Masugi's enlightening piece on Prop. 77. This one examines the way illegal immigration distorts district boundaries, as the census is Constitutionally required to count the "whole number of persons." Masugi is the Director of the Center for Local Government at the Claremont Institute. He's pretty much the genius behind the Local Liberty blog over at Claremont. And he's penned a book, The California Republic: Institutions, Statesmanship, and Policies : Institutions, Statesmanship, and Policies , that I recommend looking into.

Here's the link: Prop. 77's immigration angle.

It would be interesting to see if a measure could be passed that placed requirements on officials who serve in leadership roles in the legislature - that means you Fabian - to have a certain percentage of their district vote.

Fabian serves as the Speaker of the Assembly, the most powerful member, and assuming he garnered all of the votes in the 46th AD (a vote for Fabian from every registered voter - I know it's frightening to consider), he'd still only have a little over 84,000 votes to his name. Assemblymembers supposedly represent over 400,000 people! Fabian's elected by less than 25% of them! (Source: http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/)

Then you look at someone like Mimi Walters or Chuck DeVore here in Orange County who were elected with over 114,000 votes and 135,000 votes respectively, and that's just counting the voters in their party! (Source: http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/) And they're serving in lowly freshman positions, probably working in the Capitol broom closets.

For all the inequity Democrats love - love! - to whine about day after day, they certainly accept a lot of it in their own profession.