Tuesday, June 23, 2009

It's Not Just Michelle Bachmann

The left had a party making fun of Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann for saying she would refuse to fill out the 2010 Census if it has probing questions not associated with Constitutionally-mandated enumeration. Think Progress joined the pile-on, reminding us that her statement...
BACHMANN: The mother lode 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.
...amounts to a defiance of the law. Well, it's nice to see TP outraged about law-breaking. Perhaps they'd like to weigh in on this story from our local gazette:
Not far away at the offices for Latino Memphis, government representatives told a group of about 15 Hispanic leaders they should urge family and friends to participate in the 2010 Census, which will study the population shift that helped make the beauty salon a reality.
One of the government representatives was an official with the Census Bureau, who went on to explain to an assembled group:
"Whether a person is here legally or illegally, they have to be counted," said Terrance O. Fluker, partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau.
Mr. Fluker reminded them of the government services the census could bring and also assured any illegals present that it would not be used to enforce the law:
Fluker repeatedly reassured those gathered Monday that the government wouldn't use Census information to deport people.

"It's sealed under lock and key, and no one can get access to it," he said.
Whew. Well, it remains to be seen whether undocumented aliens who refuse to be documented will get any better treatment from the press or lefty bloggers than did Ms. Bachmann or anyone who agrees with her principled stance.

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