The fourth paragraph of the United States Constitution says we ought to have a census.
That’s how vital a function the founders thought it to be. It is near the very tippy-top of their list. It is, after all, how we are supposed to decide where legislators in the House of Representatives come from. It is also supposed to direct the allocation of taxes. It’s right in there, look:
Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several states which may be included within this union, according to their respective numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole number of free persons, including those bound to service for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of ten years, in such manner as they shall by law direct. The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty thousand, but each state shall have at least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the state of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.
Now. Here’s the United State Congress’ very own crazy person with the media’s very own crazy person. It is quite clear, though, that even Bachmann is too batshit loony for even the likes of the Glennster.
First, let’s talk ACORN. We know that ACORN took quite a beating during the 2008 election from the right-wang “media.” Here’s round two, and it’s the same old strategy: Lie your ass off about the situation and continue to smear this fine organization. No less a news organization than the Moonie rag “Washington Times” has written an editorial accusing that ACORN will be counting heads. Sheer idiocy. The Census Bureau’s partners program encourages NGOs like ACORN to help educate its constituency about the census, a big help in hard-to-count populations. The Census Bureau actually HIRES PEOPLE to administrate the census. NOBODY FROM ACORN IS GOING TO COUNT YOU, ASSHAT. Other census partners include: Asian American Justice Center, LULAC, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, NAACP, Puerto Rico National State Education Department, and the Congress of American Indians. Why aren’t these morons raising holy heck about these partnerships, too?
And Glenn, way to pull a number out of your ass! Let’s go to the United States Code and see how much that fine really is, shall we?
221. Refusal or neglect to answer questions; false answers
- (a) Whoever, being over eighteen years of age, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary, or by any other authorized officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof acting under the instructions of the Secretary or authorized officer, to answer, to the best of his knowledge, any of the questions on any schedule submitted to him in connection with any census or survey provided for by subchapters I, II, IV, and V of chapter 5 of this title, applying to himself or to the family to which he belongs or is related, or to the farm or farms of which he or his family is the occupant, shall be fined not more than $100.
- (b) Whoever, when answering questions described in subsection (a) of this section, and under the conditions or circumstances described in such subsection, willfully gives any answer that is false, shall be fined not more than $500.
- (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, no person shall be compelled to disclose information relative to his religious beliefs or to membership in a religious body.
Sec. 222. Giving suggestions or information with intent to cause inaccurate enumeration of population
Whoever, either directly or indirectly, offers or renders to any officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof engaged in making an enumeration of population under subchapter II, IV, or V of chapter 5 of this title, any suggestion, advice, information or assistance of any kind, with the intent or purpose of causing an inaccurate enumeration of population to be made, shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
Even if you out-and-out lie, the most your fine can be is one thousand dollars. But that’s okay, Glenn. Just eyeball it. You’ll get close enough. Facts, schmacts.
Now, on to Lulu: “I think there is a point when you say enough is enough to government intrusion.” Hey. Nutty. “Enough is enough?” To the Constitution? Article I, fourth paragraph? How do you not fall down more?
Now. Something to understand about the 2010 Census: In previous counts, there was a long form and a short form. Most households are asked to complete the short form, but some received the long form to give more detailed data. In 2010, the Census Bureau is throwing out the long form with the bath water. Instead of the long form, the Bureau conducts the American Community Survey (ACS), conducted throughout every year. The short form does not ask, for example, if the person is a citizen. But the ACS does. So, right off the bat you see that Bachmann has no idea what she is talking about.
Why does the federal government need your phone number? I don’t know, nutty. Let’s see if it says why on the form. “What is this person’s telephone number? We may contact this person if we don’t understand an answer.” And, for the record, nutty, your 1040 tax form also asks for your telephone number. So, you see, the federal government already has you phone number, unless, of course, you’re refusing to file your taxes, too. Also, there’s that whole warrantless wiretapping episode…not to mention that there’s this thing called a “telephone directory”…yeah, I’m pretty sure the federal government already has your telephone number or can get it if it needs it. Loon.
This may be the most weird comment in this whole exchange, from Beck:
Can they um…because I’ve considered not filling it out when I get it, but I want to make sure that they don’t use this as a loophole to, you know, say that I can’t have a permit for my gun, etcetera etcetera…
Glenn. Are you okay? Did you have a little stroke? Should we begin the compressions? Glenn?
And, Lulu, for the record, it was not “the United States government” that abused census information in the 1940s. It was the FBI. And they tried to do it again in 1980, and the courts said that NO FEDERAL AGENCY, not even the FBI, should have access to census data.
This exchange is worth watching. You’ll swear that both of these mouth-breathers have been dipping into MJ’s Diprivan stash. Good-NESS.