Resolved: $30 is not too much to pay for a really good cigar in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In inflation-adjusted terms, that would be only 37 times the price of the good cigar that Vice-president Thomas Marshall claimed the United States needed in 1917.
Further resolved: The U.S. senate is an undemocratic travesty, and needs to be reformed in order to better reflect the population distribution of the United States. In 1787 the United States was a federation of 13 different nations with a common colonial heritage. We are no longer a federation of nations. The European Union is a federation of nations. The United States of America has become a single continental federal nation, and it would be better and more fairly governed if the second chamber of its legislature more closely reflected that fact.
At the very least, our rather well-governed nation to the north should not emulate our bad example the way that Argentina (with some historical justification), Brazil (with rather less), and Mexico (with no good reason at all) have done.
God bless small children, cigar smokers, the federal-nation-formerly-known-as-Dominion of Canada, and the United States of America.
ADDENDUM: How many senators would the states have if the U.S. Senate were apportioned in the same way as the House? 29 states would have one senator. The rest would be distributed as follows:
There would still be a gap between the representation of the smallest state and the largest, but it would be reduced to only 5:1 from something more like 57:1.