5.6% of the people can hold the entire US democracy hostage

In a recent issue of the American magazine Forbes, American democracy is controlled by 5.6% of the population

In a recent issue of the American magazine Forbes, American democracy is controlled by 5.6% of the population

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What would you call a country where the government controls 5.6% of the population, writes Forbes magazine in a recent issue. Then the magazine writes that the world calls such a country America! Steven Salzberg says that this is not my point of view, I am not presenting personal views but I am writing based on purely mathematical principles that only 5.6% of people can turn American democracy wherever they want. They are in complete control. Election of two, two members of the Senate from each state: When I tried to find out their maths, the situation became something like this, according to the US Constitution, whether the state is big or small, the votes in the Senate are equal. Senators are elected not on the basis of population, but on the basis of the state, so the US Constitution gives each state the right to elect two senators.

The votes of 110 million people in the US Senate are equal to 26.6 million people! In terms of population, California is the largest state in the United States and Texas is the second largest. California has a population of 39 million and Texas has a population of over 29 million. Third is Florida (population: 2.17 million) and fourth is New York (population: 1.9 million). The total population of these four states is about 110 million. In contrast, the least populous states include Wyoming (5.8 million), Vermont (6.24 million), Alaska (7.315 million) and North Dakota (7.65 million). The total population of these four states is 26.6 million.

52 senators from 26 smaller states in the United States, 26 small states elect a total of 52 senators, but they make up only 17.6% of the total population. Various opinion polls also show that most senators reach the upper house with less than 50 percent of the total votes. Thus we can say that 8.9% of the people change the map of American politics after electing 52 senators in half of the 7.6% in the United States. According to author Steven Salzberg, under the US Constitution, apart from the budget, the Senate does not debate any bill that does not have the support of 60% of the members. That is, if 40 senators side with one side, they can block the debate on any bill while the population of 21 small states is only 11% of the total population. That is, one-ninth of the total population of the United States elects 42 senators. These 40% of senators may be from smaller states, which make up only 5.6% of the total US population.

How does the US government work? In the US, no member of Congress can be included in the cabinet until the President approves the Senate. When former US President Andrew Jackson sought to include Roger B. Tinney in the cabinet in 1833, the Senate rejected it. After which he could not become a cabinet minister. It was the first name to be rejected by the Senate, followed by a long line. The Senate barred George W. Bush from appointing John Tower as Secretary of Defense in 1989 and Bill Clinton as Attorney General in 1993. George W. Bush, Linda Chavez and Barack Obama failed to appoint Tom Dashley as health minister in 2001 after the Senate rejected his name. We have considered Donald Trump to be a very powerful former president, but despite his best efforts, he could not make his right-hand man Andrew Puzder the Minister of Labor. Donald Trump withdrew several names in addition to his name for fear of an expected rejection. That’s why after every election, there is a debate in the United States as to which names the president will be able to approve or which will be rejected. In the United States, the government can issue executive orders, but these orders also have to be scrutinized by the upper house.


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