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Makeover of 2016
17 11, 9:43am
That's a good idea on the Framers (back to their whole debate about how to make the small states matter), but it's not without its faults.
With the electoral system now, candidates are courting votes from the more "vote-dense" states—that is, states where each vote counts way more because of the small population. This has led to all sorts of subsidies, like corn, ethanol, etc that don't really benefit anyone in the entire country except those few states.
Also, with the electoral college, candidates can "game" the system by pouring all efforts and appeasements into the swing states. Those few swing states get all the attention and policy promises, while the states considered "safe," like California and NE for the Democrats and Texas and the Bible Belt for Republicans, are wholly ignored.