One of the most fascinating topics I studied in Engineering school was Queuing theory. It had me constantly thinking about throughput, bottlenecks, and queues.
In physics, we learn that many innovations have are simply impossible to build because the available known materials at hand can’t accommodate their own weight and a variety of other reasons. It’s really hard to get a material of sufficiently high tensile strength.
As a consummate optimist, I like to believe that congressional folks join congress in the belief that they can help things move forward and improve.
I think we might have a fundamental problem that has little to do with the intentions of congress and everything to do with the existence of a practical limitation on Representatives and Senators.
After some technical observation, I found the following to be interesting:
In a year if a representative was to meet every constituent, this would allow them to meet with every constituent as follows.
This is a fundamental problem and has always been one.
What’s worse is that the average scientific competency of a senator and congressmen is admittedly low despite the rampant increase in the amount of technology being released into the world.
P(win congress seat|you raise enough money) = high
P(lose|can’t raise money)=high
P(spent time talking to constituents|win)= low
P(win|talk to a lot of your constituents)=low
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