Bachmann spews U.S. Census conspiracies, will only submit household size
Rep. Michele Bachmann continued her non-stop conspiracy spewing this morning with yet another doozy. This time she said she is so afraid of 2010 U.S. Census abuse that she will only fill out how many people live in her household. Why is she so fearful of the evil U.S. Census? ACORN might have a hand on it and she knows they'll misuse her data.
Give us a break. Does anyone take this woman seriously anymore? Her refusal to fill out the census could even be against the law.
In a Washington Times exclusive, Bachmann talked about ACORN's possible involvement with collecting data for the U.S. Census.
More from the Washington Times:
In an interview Wednesday morning with The Washington Times "America's Morning News," Mrs. Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, said the questions have become "very intricate, very personal" and she also fears ACORN, the community organizing group that came under fire for its voter registration efforts last year, will be part of the Census Bureau's door-to-door information collection efforts.
"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."
Mrs. Bachmann said she's worried about the involvement of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, in next year's census.
"They will be in charge of going door to door and collecting data from the American public," she said. "This is very concerning."
Listen to the audio of the interview here .
If you take a look at the law regarding the U.S. Census, Bachmann's ridiculous protest might be against the law: According to United States Code, Title 13 (Census), Chapter 7 (Offenses and Penalties), SubChapter II, if you're over 18 and refuse to answer all or part of the Census, you can be fined up to $100.
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.
Bachmann's fear-mongering has become so ridiculous it's almost not believable anymore. Scaring Americans into avoiding the U.S. Census for some nonsense reason could be extremely dangerous to data collection in our country . The information collected, including income and race, are extremely valuable and used by just about everyone for important research, tracking, and historical reference. It is used by federal, state and local governments for funding purposes. If people stop filling out the U.S. Census because they fear ACORN is going to conduct major fraud, we've lost an extremely important snapshot of our country's makeup.
Thank you Bachmann for making the world a better place.
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