Deja Vu: Taxation Without Representation

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2012 at 1:39 am

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the resident population of the United States, projected to 11/21/12 at 23:50 UTC (EST+5) is 314,808,514. Nearly 315 MILLION people.

The Constitution says there shall be one representative for each State, but not than one for every 30,000 state Citizens. Divide 314,808,514 by 30,000, and you arrive at a quotient of 10,493.61. I kow, you can’thave “.61” people. Based on the math, they would have to round up, to 10,494.
So, how is it that there are only 435 “Representatives” for 314,808,514 people?

Well, according to the House of Representatives’ website:
“In order to keep the House at a manageable number, Congress twice set the size of the House at 435 voting Members—the then-existing number of Representatives. In 1911, Congress designated the number of Representatives to be 433, with provisions made for two additional Members when Arizona and New Mexico were admitted to the Union (see Act of August 8, 1911, ch. 5, 37 Stat 13). The 63rd Congress (1913–1915) was the first to have 435 Members. The Permanent Apportionment Act of 1929  [ read more at wikipedia.org] capped the Membership at that level, creating a procedure for reapportioning state delegations in the House under “the then existing number of Representatives” (see Act of June 18, 1929, ch. 28, 46 Stat 21).”

This means, in simple terms, that no one born (or naturalized) in this country since 1910 has been Constitutionally represented since the 1910 Census (except the first 30,000 in Arizona and New Mexico). And I’m not the only one to question the Constitutionality of this. William B. Bankhead (father of famed movie actress Tallulah Bankhead) and other opponents did, as well.

I’ll be investigating the Permanent Reapportionment Act of 1929. Just so happens I have Volume 46 of the United States Statutes At large.

Wish me good hunting.


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