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.


10 Responses to “Irony Alert: Michele Bachmann Could Lose Seat With Low Census Count”

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  2. Aubrey Immelman on January 7th, 2010 2:18 am

    Nice rundown of Bachmann’s insanity on a broad front. For additional coverage of Bachmann’s extremist rhetoric, incendiary demagoguery, and political paranoia in the past year, see:

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  4. NatTurner on January 7th, 2010 12:10 pm

    Michele has advocated that the GOP define itself by the Tea Party Movement. A movement that has embraced neo nazi sign holders, bigots and assualt rifle advocates. Ah umm…yeah. That is eactly what the GOP should embrace, if it hasn’t already. Let’s go back to the fifties so the rest of the world can see how backwards we are.

  5. GRANT on January 7th, 2010 3:43 pm

    The left wing loons are here I see. Drink more pelosi kool aid while BO brings you to a crashing THUD!

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  9. Impugn on March 19th, 2010 3:46 pm

    I hate ignorance and deception. You are guilty of one or both.

    Firstly: “It should be noted that refusing to fully complete a US Census form is a crime punishable by a $5,000 fine.”

    Incorrect. $5,000 is the maximum fine imposed upon a Census WORKER who misuses the information collected. The maximum fine for not completing the entire form? $100.

    Second: Who is advocating NOT filling out the Census, at all (which would lead to the under-count you seem to hope occurs)? Answer: NOBODY. The Census – as in COUNTING the number of people for the purposes of representation – is a universally recognized Constitutional requirement. However, in the opinion of MANY people, the information BEYOND THAT (racial information, for example) is PRIVATE information that is neither called for by the Constitution nor any of the Government’s business.

    So, Rep. Bachmann, like myself, will be filling out (as she said), “how many people are in our home” and NOTHING else. Therefore, her family and mine WILL be COUNTED for the purposes of general population reports, Electoral College distribution, and Congressional redistricting.

    However, if Papa Gov’ment want to generate racist reports based upon my skin color, they will be SH*T OUT OF LUCK. I will pay the $100. It is a paltry sum to advance freedom and move towards a *truly* post-racial society.

  10. Sue on March 19th, 2010 11:09 pm


    According to Section 221, persons who do not respond shall be fined not more than $100. Title 18 U.S.C. Section 3571 and Section 3559, in effect amends Title 13 U.S.C. Section 221 by changing the fine for anyone over 18 years old who refuses or willfully neglects to complete the questionnaire or answer questions posed by census takers from a fine of not more than $100 to not more than $5,000.

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