A few months back there was a story about the census that got a lot of attention. It involved Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) who was complaining about the census and saying that she and her family would NOT be participating in it beyond identifying how many people lived in her household because “the constitution didn’t require any more information than that.” She also made false claims that ACORN would be involved in collecting the data which “concerned her.”
Not long after that, her crazy claims ceased abruptly after some of her fellow congressmen privately asked her to end her “boycott”, since not participating in the census would be illegal. They were also concerned that if voters followed her lead, the census numbers in her district would be inaccurate and perhaps cost her some votes. She wouldn’t want that, so she stopped.
I mention this because the 2010 census is coming up soon and the forms will be delivered to residents in March, but an acquaintance of mine told me the other day that they had already received their census form in the mail. Or at least it appeared to be a census form. When I asked about it, they brought me what they received so I could see for myself. Sure enough, it said “CENSUS DOCUMENT” right there through the envelope window:
But when you opened the envelope and took out the form, it was clear that it wasn’t a census form, but rather a fake designed to look like the real thing.
What, you might ask, made me so sure that it wasn’t a real census form? Well, that’s easy. When you pull the form out of the envelope, the part of the form that you couldn’t see before from outside said this:
COMMISSIONED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
Sure, there’s a “questionnaire” inside, but I don’t think the census bureau is interested in knowing your political profile in detail, whether you get most of your political news from FOX News, or MSNBC, Radio or Twitter. The census bureau probably doesn’t ask if you have concerns that the “Democrats have total control of the federal government” or about China buying up our debt and having more control over our economic policies, whether the “Democrat Stimulus” is working (yes Democrat), and what you think about the “record trillion dollar federal deficit the Democrats are creating….” (Funny, no mention of the Bush Administration in there.)
There are also back to back questions which contradict each other. At the bottom of page three you find the Obama Administration “dramatically scaling back our nation’s military,” but then turning to page four in the very next question you are asked if you oppose the increased troop presence in Afghanistan!
Of course, let’s don’t forget the big question of utmost importance in any official head-count:
“Would you like Congress to pass tax cuts to further stimulate our nation’s economy?” (Perhaps the more accurate question should have been “Would you like a place to live to go with that tax cut?)
There are lots more questions about the evils of Obama and the Democrats, but you get the idea. Also not a surprise, they want money! Donations, donations, donations! Even if you can’t afford to give say $25 to $500, then perhaps you could at least give “$15 to help defray the cost of processing my census document.”
The recipient also informed me that this was the third time they’d received surveys and donation requests from the GOP in the mail in the past couple months. The first two were called “County Grassroots Surveys.” (Just so it’s clear you understand the GOP is all about “Grassroots.”)
There’s one other thing the recipient finds a little odd: why is the GOP so eager to know what they think about the “evil” Democratic Administration, especially since this person is a lifelong Democrat. (Recruiting down a little there, GOP?)
If you go to the website for the “real census” you’ll find answers to a list of potential concerns one might have so they can explain how the census really works. Perhaps because of Bachmann’s silly claims, as well as all the attacks on ACORN by the GOP, the top concern on that list is this:
“I’m concerned that political organizations such as ACORN can manipulate the census.”
Well, I would like to suggest a new one:
“I’m concerned that political organizations like the Republican Party can manipulate the census by misleading fake questionnaires and expressing urgency in returning them early by Feb. 11, 2010 so they won’t get caught doing it when the real census forms are collected months later, and suggest that I should send them money to help defray the cost of processing my Census Document.”
“What up GOP?”