Irony Alert: Michele Bachmann Could Lose Seat With Low Census Count
January 6, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The wacky right-wing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is fond of extreme paranoid rhetoric, as she storms through various media appearances promoting something she calls a “pro-freedom agenda.” She has accused President Obama of operating a “gangster government” with “Socialist” policies, and of perpetrating a plot to “effectively nationalize energy” and starve “freedom loving Americans.” Bachmann also said she wants people in her state to be “armed and dangerous” in a revolution against energy tax and to “slit our wrists, be blood brothers” in opposing health care reform. And let’s not forget Obama’s mandatory “re-education camps,” to indoctrinate young people.
But some of Bachmann’s most outrageous, fear-mongering nonsense may prove to be her political undoing. Bachmann advised her constituents to refuse to respond to the upcoming U.S. Census, because the information could be used to violate their constitutional rights, and put them in “internment camps.” Well, as it turns out, if Minnesota has a low census response, the state which has suffered from a dwindling population, is in serious danger of losing a congressional House seat. And guess what district would be eliminated? That’s right, Michelle Bachmann’s House district. Oh, the irony.
It should be noted that refusing to fully complete a U.S. Census form is a crime punishable by a $5,000 fine. And the information obtained from the census data is used to determine “a host of federal activities, from dairy price supports to Medicare reimbursement to health care providers to transportation subsidies.”
Despite this, Bachmann has come out against the U.S. Census, seeing a vast communist conspiracy in the works:
“Take this into consideration. If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the Census Bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations at the request of President Roosevelt, and that’s how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps,” said Bachmann. “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.”
And there was this:
“The motherload of all data information will be from the Census. … Unfortunately, the Census data has become very intricate, very personal, a lot of the questions that are asked. I know for my family, the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home. We won’t be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn’t require any information beyond that.”
Bachmann’s hometown newspaper has condemned her for her anti-census rhetoric:
“It’s ironic that a Minnesota member of Congress, Republican Michele Bachmann, went so far last summer to declare her intention to only partially complete her census forms, and to suggest reasons for others not to comply with the census law. If Minnesota loses a congressional seat, Bachmann’s populous Sixth District could be carved into pieces. She likely would have to battle another incumbent to hang on to her seat. We’ve noticed that her anticensus rhetoric has lately ceased. We hope she got wise: Census compliance is not only in Minnesota’s best interest, but also her own.”
Since it has finally dawned on the dim Bachmann that she was advocating a policy that may result in her removal from office, she has been noticeably silent on her militant anti-census campaign. Imagine that.