Saturday, July 4, 2009

Bachmann and the Census

Michele Bachmann just seems to keep on giving comedians material - and embarrassing Minnesota residents. Her latest project to boycott the census follows a very long line of idiotic moves. She seems convinced that President Obama started the census and that it is now unconstitutional (one of her favorite statements) - even though the census has been around since 1790.

At this point, even her fellow Republicans want her to just shut up. Perhaps she should just take care of her twenty-three kids (or whatever it is) and leave intelligent decisions to those who are indeed intelligent. As mentioned in the Washington Post:
At some point last month, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said she would refuse to fill out anything more than the number of people in her household on her Census questionnaire. She argued that questions other than how many people live in her home are unconstitutional and feared that political groups, including ACORN, might try to sway final Census numbers.

Republican colleagues have now called her boycott illogical and illegal.

“Every elected representative in this country should feel a responsibility to encourage full participation in the census. To do otherwise is to advocate for a smaller share of federal funding for our constituents."
By encouraging people to not fill out the census, it could actually backfire on her. If she does actually convince a few thousand of her district members to follow her lead and not fill out the census, she could convince them to eliminate her job. Minnesota could actually lose a congressional seat if this happens - and the seat just happens to be hers. Bachmann, once again, just doesn't get it.

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