It seems that there are more people concerned about the census that is going on now than just the regular people and foreigners. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has stated that she’s not going to be very helpful to Census takers looking for more than how many people are in her home.
“I know for my family the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home,” she said. “We won’t be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn’t require any information beyond that.”
Of course there are differences of opinion about what the Constitution actually says:
Shelly Lowe, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Census Bureau, said Mrs. Bachmann is “misreading” the law.
She sent a portion of the U.S. legal code that says anyone over 18 years of age who refuses to answer “any of the questions” on the census can be fined up to $5,000.
Whichever you agree with, I agree with the Congresswoman that it’s disturbing to hear that an organization that had such a bad reputation for bias is part of the group raising volunteers to do this work. Not that I do not believe there are unbiased people working for the outfit, nor do I believe that partisans cannot be accurate, but the illusion or fact of bias cannot help to make people comfortable, especially when giving information of this nature to people—and having faith in the result.
Have you had the census people come by? What kinds of things did they ask?