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Letter: Progress is too easily stopped by small group

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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 3:59 pm | Updated: 4:28 pm, Mon Jan 14, 2013.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that our system of government, as prescribed by our Constitution, is no longer working. A handful of radical representatives of one party are able to stymie the progress of over 340 million citizens in order to further their warped ideology. I do not believe this extremism is what the writers of our Constitution envisioned in the 1780s. Something must be done.

I propose that the size of the House of Representatives be cut in half. The Reapportionment Act of 1929 limited the House to 435 members but that number is proving cumbersome. Few members of the House actually listen to their constituents anyway. Instead, they respond to the special interest groups that finance their campaigns or push their own short-sighted agenda or stand on extremist ideologies that do nothing but hamper the work of Congress.

Republicans want to reduce federal spending. Wouldn’t the House be a perfect place to start?

Edward F. Murphy

Mesa

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