So, an impeached and convicted federal judge, elected to Congress, has proposed what amounts to a good idea. Even a blind squirrel can find a nut now and then.
To be sure, I am not a fan of Congressman Alcee Hastings. Some of his ideas make him seem like a complete wack-job. However, I must stand up an applaud his proposal to add more seats to Congress.
The only negative effect, as quoted in the Media General article, that I would see is the effect on presidential elections: A larger House could make the Electoral College more proportional to the U.S. population, while diminishing the relative weight of the Senate’s percentage of that vote which combines total Senate and House members.
We previously wrote why the current electoral college system is good for the country. By adding members of Congress, and thus adding electors to the electoral college, the effect would nullify the reasons our Founding Fathers created the electoral college process.
That said, I think 1,000 is too many. However, I could see adding 217 to 435, from half to doubling of the current size. I would also recommend adding at least one or two Senators per state — to provide some balance between the House and Senate, and maintain some of the small-state/large-state balance in the electoral college.
So, Congressman Hastings — the State of Sunshine applauds your efforts on this issue, and wishes the rest of Congress would get behind this worthwhile endeavor.