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If She’s Not Answering the Census, Should You?

June 22nd, 2009 Visited 2337 times, 1 so far today

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It seems that there are more people concerned about the census that is going on now than just the regular people and foreigners.  Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has stated that she’s not going to be very helpful to Census takers looking for more than how many people are in her home.

“I know for my family the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home,” she said. “We won’t be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn’t require any information beyond that.”

Of course there are differences of opinion about what the Constitution actually says:

Shelly Lowe, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Census Bureau, said Mrs. Bachmann is “misreading” the law.

She sent a portion of the U.S. legal code that says anyone over 18 years of age who refuses to answer “any of the questions” on the census can be fined up to $5,000.

Whichever you agree with, I agree with the Congresswoman that it’s disturbing to hear that an organization that had such a bad reputation for bias is part of the group raising volunteers to do this work.  Not that I do not believe there are unbiased people working for the outfit, nor do I believe that partisans cannot be accurate, but the illusion or fact of bias cannot help to make people comfortable, especially when giving information of this nature to people—and having faith in the result.

Have you had the census people come by?  What kinds of things did they ask?

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  • Charles says on: June 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm

     

    ACORN is one of 250 groups that are involved in recruiting workers for the Census. They do not HIRE workers for the Census, that is done like all Civil Service positions, with a competitive exam and a standard personnel procedure. The ACORN vilification by the right-wing media is really hypocritical. They complain about voter registration fraud that did not result in any reported attempts to vote fradulently (Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck never showed up at the polls). But there is no complaint about the much more common and much more serious matter of election fraud.

    There have been serious attempts to harass voters, intimidate voters, mislead voters, and miscount ballots by right-wing groups and we hear nary a word from the Michell Bachman’s of the world about that. This woman, who is certainly in the top tier of the most stupid and ridiculous members of the House, is now claiming she intends to violate the law. I hope they lock her up and throw away the key.

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