Seriously Unproportionate Representation
50% of the American People are women.
Only 17% of Congress members are women. 92 0f 535 (21 Republicans and 71 Democrats)
35% of the American People are minorities.
Only 15% of Congress members are minorities. 80 of 535 (4 Republicans and 76 Democrats) (21 of the 80 minority members are women.)
67% of the American People are women and minorities.
Only 28.2% of Congress members are women and minorities. 151 of 535. (21 of the 80 minority members are women.)
8/10s of 1% of the American People are millionaires.
44% of Congress members are millionaires. 237 of the 535
Now that is what I call seriously unpreportionate representation!
Neither Party Represents the People
I contend that the American two Party system is a sham.
81.4 million eligible voters didn’t vote in 2008
Neither party represents the people since nearly 40% of the people who could vote don’t vote for either party.
I contend that the majority of Americans are disgusted with what passes for Politics these days.
In 5,566 interviews with registered voters conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press during the first two months of 2008, 36% identified themselves as Democrats, and just 27% as Republicans. Therefore 37% were independents.
Assuming a third of registered voters are independents that’s roughly 44 million. Add 81 million non-voters that equals 125 million. There are more “independents” and non-participants in the political system than there are members of both Parties combined.
In 2008 the voting-eligible-population was 212.7million Americans.
131.3 million voted for President
81.4 million eligible voters didn’t vote. 38%
According to CNN
Obama got 53% of the vote 66,882,230. That’s 31% of eligible voters
McCain got 46% of the vote 58,343,671. That’s 27% of eligible voters
38% of eligible voters didn’t vote.
I contend that non-voters think politics and politicians are fucked and it makes no difference whether they vote or not.
I also contend that America is a much more profane a country than the Jesus Freaks would have us believe. Only 27% of the people eligible to vote voted for the Republican ticket in spite of having the darling of the “Religious” Right, Sarah Palin, in the VP slot.