The New York Times Editorial Board and our nation’s founders agree: Too small of a House poses a big danger to our republic
The Cube-Root and Wyoming rules are commonly suggested as viable formulas for determining the size of our House of Representatives. However, neither proposal would enlarge the House sufficiently to produce any noticeable benefits.
Having a House of Representatives that is far too small poses a big danger to our republic, but what size would best restore representative government to the American people? The founders provided us with the answer.
The Wyoming Rule would be ineffective relative to mitigating inequitable electoral disparities and is poorly reasoned in its conception.
The cube root “law” is frequently cited in articles and papers about determining the optimal size of legislative bodies. That’s surprising, as not only does it fail to materially ameliorate any of the problems it is supposed to address, but its underlying reasoning is profoundly flawed.