Thursday, June 18, 2009

Going Galt On The Census

Our favorite wackadoodle Rep. Michelle Bachmann has announced she’s going Galt on the U.S. census:
"I know for my family the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home," said Bachmann, who warned of corrupt ACORN involvement in the census. "We won't be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn't require any information beyond that."

Turns out boycotting the census was a campaign of the Libertarian Party in 2000. Some Libertarians are calling for a repeat this time around, as well.

Okay, here’s the deal, folks. The census is used to determine how much Federal money your state receives. And the census is used by your state government to determine how much money your local government receives. And Congress uses Census information to determine how many seats your state receives in the House of Representatives. It’s how the government plans stuff like spending on education, healthcare, senior citizens programs, etc.

So, opting out of even part of the Census is not only illegal, it’s just plain stupid. Especially for a Congress Critter who, as part of the government, should know better.