Monday, February 07, 2005
Realigning Incumbent Fiefdoms
Signature gatherers will swarm the state to collect more than 600,000 John Hancocks and I intend to be one of them. As Elmer Fudd once said, "Tis a tangled web we weave when we pwactice to deceive". And a tangled web it is. Pre-schoolers with dull crayons could draw straighter lines and more sensible shapes than the current district lines which mimic Rorschach tests. A commission of retired-un-elected-bipartisan-very-old-retired-judges will be given the charge to create a new system of putting together the many pieces of California's congressional puzzle.
May I suggest they start with a map of California without any indication of the current boundaries of the state's congressional districts. They will have population figures by city and county, and business and personal tax revenues by city and county. See what emerges and fine tune it from there in front of another commission of old men and women with the same set of variables and maybe some sharp crayons. -Wb