Bachmann census crazypants

We would have sworn that we’d already blogged this, but it doesn’t matter because it’s one of the more famous ridiculous things she’s said. Bachmann is against the U.S. Census, that kindly organization that wants to know how many people live in your home. In fact, they want to know a lot of demographic information about Americans, like age and gender, but Bachmann told the Washington Times that she’s not coughing up anything but number of people because the questions are too personal and also ACORN might be involved somehow. She later pointed out that the Japanese were interned based on census results:

“I’m not saying that that’s what the Administration is planning to do, but I am saying that private personal information that was given to the Census Bureau in the 1940s was used against Americans to round them up, in a violation of their constitutional rights, and put the Japanese in internment camps.”

It’s true that you can’t put peple in camps if you don’t know where they are. However, other uses of census results include drawing her and everyone else’s Congressional district; apportioning electoral votes; and funding government programs. (This is totally ignoring the irony of someone with her attitude toward Muslims claiming to give a damn if minority communities are given the shaft by the federal government.)

The Washington Times, a blatantly conservative rag, was forced by the facts to report that refusing to answer census questions is a crime. We don’t actually care so much if Bachmann breaks the law. Go nuts, lady, and see where it gets you reelection-wise. But in a delicious, delicious irony, it turns out that the census results matter a lot in Bachmann’s district because the area has lost people. If there aren’t enough, she could be redistricted out of a job.


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