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Census: Low Response Rate May Cost Republicans Congressional Seats

WASHINGTON — Texas is counting on the 2010 Census to deliver four new congressional districts, four new Electoral College votes in presidential elections, and millions of dollars in additional federal aid. But, as some elected officials are starting to worry, Uncle Sam can't deliver anything to the rapidly growing Sun Belt state unless Texas residents deliver their forms back to the government.

As of Friday afternoon, only 27 percent of Texas households had filled in and returned their census forms — well below the national average of 34 percent — according to computer data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In Harris County, the response rate is 23 percent. Houston's returns are running at 21 percent.

Contrary to historical trends, some of the toughest challenges facing the agency responsible for measuring the nation's population are not from counting the traditionally undercounted groups such as African-Americans and Latinos. Instead, a new and growing threat to an accurate national head count is coming from anti-government conservatives who may not fill out their forms to protest against “Big Brother” in Washington.

“There's a general distrust of the federal government at every level, starting with Congress and the president, all the way down to executive branch agencies,” says Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland.
Low return rates

Polling by the Pew Research Center finds Democrats are more likely than other Americans to view the census as “very important” to the country. Seventy-six percent of Democrats call this year's count very important, compared with 61 percent of Republicans and independents.

In Texas, some of the counties with the lowest census return rates are among the state's most Republican, including Briscoe County in the Panhandle, 8 percent; King County, near Lubbock, 5 percent; Culberson County, near El Paso, 11 percent; and Newton County, in deep East Texas, 18 percent. Most other counties near the bottom of the list are heavily Hispanic counties along the Texas-Mexico border.

There is a reason for the enthusiasm gap on the census: A number of prominent conservative and libertarian Republicans have been blasting the census for months.

Criticism from Ron Paul

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., began the barrage last year when she asserted — incorrectly — that the information reported by Americans could be used for nefarious governmental ends, such as imprisonment in internment camps.

Earlier this month, Texas Rep. Ron Paul voted against a congressional resolution asking Americans to participate in the census.

“The invasive nature of the current census raises serious questions about how and why government will use the collected information,” the Lake Jackson Republican recently said. “It also demonstrates how the federal bureaucracy consistently encourages citizens to think of themselves in terms of groups, rather than as individual Americans. ”

Houston-area GOP lawmakers say anti-census feelings run deep among their constituents.

“People are concerned about the apparent intrusive nature of the census,” said Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble. “People are very concerned that the government is going too far.”

Still, Poe said, he tells his concerned constituents that they should answer the census because “it's the law.”

What's more, he added, “it's very important for people to fill out the census because of reapportionment and redistricting — and Texas stands to gain four (House) seats.”

But Texas can only get those seats, and the congressional clout that comes with it, if Texans stand up to be counted. Any conservative revolt would only reduce the representation in conservative areas of the
state, such as rural Texas and the outer rings of suburbs surrounding its largest cities.

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VERY encouraging..... resistance and refusal to comply!

Hopefully "We'll all be Texans now!"

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!

Yeah. Dr Paul never sd 'don't send them in', just that govt had

no moral nor Constitutionally based right to ask for all that. There is a fine if you don't, as well. He just wouldn't put his name to 'encouraging' people to do differently than they felt right.

I actually live in a Dem area, but I am planning on sending it in. (California is expected to lose seats this year in any event == yea! Less influence from Ca Democrats, the better.)

Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesnt want to hear -RonPaul

Just give them the number of residents

as required by the Constitution.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

Who cares!

It is not like they listen to us anyway.


Kind of an interesting way to kick the bums out.

Census: Computer Problems

I Guess the MS Access Database they are using is not quite up to snuff...


The real story here is Why does the Census have new Computer Systems ? Did a whole bunch of new census fraud code have to be written once Obama was put in power.


Now if we can just "redistrict" for freedom.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain


"Polling by the Pew Research Center finds Democrats are more likely than other Americans to view the census as “very important” to the country. Seventy-six percent of Democrats call this year's count very important, compared with 61 percent of Republicans and independents."

Aren't they more used to filling out government forms anyway?

I filled out the first two questions and sent it back. How many people? and Any additional people? I'm hoping that I won't hear anything from them...I gave them what they needed.

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

In Unrelated News...

Diebold has announced that the new automated mail sorting machines that they have delivered to the Census Department are operating better than expected sorting the huge volume of returns.

[Census Mail Sort Machine Library Dump]

SortMain(currentEnv As ReturnEnvelope)

  If currentEnv.DistrictLean = “Democrat” Then



    If RandNum() > 0.37 Then
    End If

  End If

  -- Last Edit 20-Jan-2009 UserID:Acorn

As a computer programmer, I appreciate your algebraic

expression of their intent. :)

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