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Let's say you're a Libertarian-leaning Republican in a predominately Republican district. Your representative, also a Republican, has a strong religious orientation, and you don't believe he speaks for you and many other Republicans in the district. Your representative is ramping up to serve his fourth term, and he has a war chest of $1.4 million. To defeat him in the primary you'd need to get at least 50 thousand votes. As it stands now, unless you're independently wealthy, there's no chance you can change your representation in Washington. Quelle democracy!

Under the 2Y2D Plan, you would need only 10 to 15 thousand votes to win the primary and to have a an excellent shot at a seat in congress in the next general election. If you can persuade a dozen Libertarian friends to each cough up $5,000, you can give the incumbent a fair fight.

De facto campaign finance reform

A smaller congressional district changes the dynamics of the election process. Personal reputation within the district becomes more significant. And money less so. A candidate will have to make himself personally available to the voters. Serious and concerned citizens will expect to meet a candidate so they can evaluate him or her personally.

The power of money takes a double hit. First, advertising dollars reach diminishing returns pretty quickly when the total target market is 75,000 voters who live in 39,000 households. Yes, a $100 thousand campaign will most likely yield more votes than a $60 thousand one. However, every dollar over $100 thousand will buy fewer and fewer votes. Second, a significantly greater proportion of the electorate will have personal knowledge of the candidates. Advertising will have little impact on these voters.

Does this mean no one will take big bucks anymore? Of course not. Changing district size will not change human nature. What this means is that it will no longer be a job requirement to take the big bucks and to throw the constituents under the bus when there is a conflict between their interests and those of big money.

Side effects

Many more men and women will be willing to run for the House. Incumbents can no longer scare away competition with a million dollar war chest. Also, it becomes possible to raise enough money without taking special interest contributions. In other words, the job starts to pass the smell test.

Not only will more people run for office, more incumbents will be defeated especially when constituents are disgruntled. The voters will have real choices; that's how a democracy's supposed to work. Fresh ideas and fresh ideals will provide a shot in the arm for our national government.

Voter turnout for congressional elections should improve under the 2Y2D Plan. Having met the candidates, voters will have a more personal stake in the outcome—actually might end up with a friend in Washington. Moreover, with fewer votes needed to win, each vote counts for more. The act of voting becomes more meaningful, and candidates have a greater incentive to turn out the vote. Ordinary citizens aren't stupid. They know their votes don't count for much these days. So why bother?

The new House

With more members and a greater citizen involvement in the selection of those members, the 2Y2D House will be less ideologically extreme than today's House. Fewer representatives will dedicate themselves to carrying on a food fight with the other party. Many more will be working in the best American tradition—that is finding practical ways to make the nation run better.

Yes, the United States continues to have more raw economic potential than any other nation in the history of the world. Unfortunately, we suffer from one serious, acute shortage—capable leaders—men and women of intelligence, knowledge, integrity and experience, willing to give their time and service to governing our nation. The 2Y2D Plan will produce more congressmen, more people willing to run for office, and a higher turnover within the House. Thus, the pool of people available to become our future great statesmen will be both enlarged and enriched.