Bachmann co-sponsors bill targeting privacy in the Census

July 13th, 2009 – 4:42 PM by Eric Roper

PX00052_9.jpgRep. Michele Bachmann, who has made national headlines in recent weeks for her criticisms of the U.S. Census, is co-sponsoring legislation which would limit The American Community Survey — a mandatory survey sent to 3 million homes every year — to four questions: name, age, date of response and number of people living in one household.

Bachmann, who is sponsoring the bill along with its author, Texas Republican Tim Poe, previously said that she would not answer all of the questions on the Census, drawing criticism from a group of Republicans on the Census Oversight Subcommittee. “Boycotting the constitutionally-mandated census is illogical, illegal and not in the best interest of our country,” wrote Reps. Patrick McHenry, Lynn Westmoreland and John Mica.

In a statement today announcing the legislation, Bachmann wrote that the Census is a necessary tool, especially for determining the number of Representatives per state and directing taxes. “But throughout the years, additional questions of a more personal nature were added so that the federal government could have more detailed information to make and implement its ever-expanding public policy,” Bachmann wrote. “A lot of Americans – myself included, have real concerns about the ultimate protection of our sensitive personal information.”

The bill would eliminate several dozen questions from the ACS, a copy of which can be found here.

It has been referred to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.

42 Responses to "Bachmann co-sponsors bill targeting privacy in the Census"

SgtPendleton says:

July 13th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

That’s b.s. She’s confusing two different things. The census bureau sends out an OPTIONAL survey EVERY YEAR to a few million households asking for demographic information. It’s separate from the actual census.

What a dingbat.

Eric Roper says:

July 13th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

SgtPendleton,

Thanks for your comment. I have updated the post to clarify that the bill was referring to the American Community Survey, which, while separate from the Census, is mandatory.

Eric

adlib says:

July 13th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Sure, enact a frivolous law. Should do wonders to limit frivolous lawsuits.

dare2sayit.com says:

July 13th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

There is no question that B. Hussein Obama is using the census for political advantage, and Michele Bachmann is right to be outraged about this.

We need more poeple like Michele Bachmann in Washington to keep this country from going into a soci@list induced depression.

sandram says:

July 13th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

I am no fan of Bachmann; nor am I a fan of Palin. However, as ridiculous as this bill seems to me, there is something I like more about Bachmann. Palin seems to be sinking fast (even I am starting to feel sorry for her), so I would imagine Bachmann may be next in line as the GOP princess, so to speak. Yet, she does not scare me. Palin really did scare me. Maybe because I always felt that Palin did not have a clue about what was going on. At least M. Bachmann seems to have a clue about something. But, this bill is still far fetched, I think.

dare2sayit.com says:

July 13th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

“Should do wonders to limit frivolous lawsuits.”

Adlib,

One of the main reasons the cost of heathcare is so high is because of liberal predator trail lawyers. Not only do they drive up the cost of malpractice insurance for doctors, but they are forced to perform unnecessary and expensive tests to cover their asses in case of a frivolous lawsuit.

These same lawyers pay off the democrat party to block much needed tort reform in exchange for their cooperation, no wonder Obama was recently booed for refusing to give doctors relief from this abuse.

sandram says:

July 13th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Hey, I work in healthcare, so I should know. The main reason why healthcare costs are so high is because 20% of the people use 80% of healthcare resources. Now, you can spin that anyway you want. But, do not go around claiming it is because of lawyers or lawsuits. Those of us in healthcare know the real reason.

dare2sayit.com says:

July 13th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

sandram,

Thanks for your comment.

It always amazes me how liberals like to attack a great defender of our Constitution like Michele Bachmann, but they are silent on Keith Hakim Ellison from the 5th. distict, the liberal who has been in trouble for not paying his parking tickets or taxes, was in trouble for domestic abuse with his mistress, was recently arrested for breaking the law at a liberal activist protest, and is a strong supporter of the radical anti-American Muslim pressure group CAIR (Council on American Islamist Relations) which openly admits that it would like to abolish our Contstitution and have us controlled by strict Islamist Sharia law.

It seems to me that radicals like Keith Hakim Ellison and Barack Hussein Obama get away with their radical associations simply because of skin color.

Dora says:

July 13th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Perhaps Eric Roper would like to update the post to reflect that fact that the ACS is not going out with this census. The Census Bureau has that info right on it’s website.

dare2sayit.com says:

July 13th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Sandman,

While trial lawyers are just a part of the problem causing high healthcare costs, we know that they they are still a big problem, and we need to get them under control to stop doctors from perfoming unnecessary and expensive tests to cover themselves in case of a frivolous lawsiut. Didn’t you read about the doctors who met with Obama booing him for his dedication to the trial lawyers who pay off liberal politicians to block much needed tort reform?

Dora says:

July 13th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

“openly admits that it would like to abolish our Contstitution and have us controlled by strict Islamist Sharia law.”

Yeah, they’re so open about it that you can’t find that statement anywhere and when repeatedly asked to provide a link to someone saying that, 2Dim never has.

heh. Ellison was protesting the genocide in Darfur. Do you support it 2Dim?

And the rest of your rant against Ellison is just more of the same old ad hominem attacks.

The AMA was also never able to get malpractice caps from the Republican Congress and President either, 2Dim. Don’t remember any outrage from you then.

dare2sayit.com says:

July 13th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

DFL Dora,

CAIR has openly admitted that they want to abolish our Constitution and have us run by strict Islamist Sharia law. Pull you head out of your liberal rear end and wake up to the truth.

I’m still amazed that the leftists in the 5th. put Keith Hakim Ellison in power, but to be fair, the Somali’s and voter fraud probably had a lot to do with it as well with the help of the democrat vote fraud group ACORN. Minnesota does have the most rediculous liberal voting rules in the country and virtually anyone can vote if they chose too, legal resident or not.

parthian says:

July 13th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

With conservative loons like Darlin’ Michele, it’s always paranoia over policy.

The census data is used by gub’mint and social scientists all over the country, it’s quite important.

And the Bachmannistan idiot is against collecting it because of “real concerns about the ultimate protection of our sensitive personal information”—race, ethnicity, sex and relationship status?

Yeah, no one knows you’re a white married female, Darlin’ Michele. Pretty “sensitive personal info”. Can’t give that info to the gub’mint census bureau, nosirree. And the reason for concern about “ultimate protection” is…….?

What a crazed nutball.

Her paranoid, gub’mint-hating bill (as usual) is goin’ notwhere fast. Bachmannistan residents might as well not have a rep, but that was their foolish pinheaded “conservative” decision…..Go GOoPers! Stop the demonic lib’rul census!!

dare2sayit.com says:

July 13th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

And Dora,

Mike Erlandson would have been a much better choice than Keith Hakim Ellison, and I think you realize that.

parthian says:

July 13th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Why don’t you move into the 5th and work to unseat the demonic ACORN-tool Ellison, 2Dim?

They’re dying for more conservative pinheads like you in the 5th! Why won’t you help the nation?

6th district Jim says:

July 13th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Dora:
The AMA was also never able to get malpractice caps from the Republican Congress and President either, 2Dim. Don’t remember any outrage from you then.

There is more Dora stupidity. Gosh, why was tort reform blocked there, genius?
Hint, it’s related to seating AL FRANKENSTEIN, what potential did AL give the Senate. HMMMM.
And really, Parthian needs some massive psychotherapy! The shantys going up all over Obamaland, USA have really put our leftie friends in brainfreeze.
They will post any drivel just to be heard. They are so sad, it IS sad!

In the REAL WORLD:
Obamatimes are just beginning, so we all better get ready–bankers, auto workers, healthpeople, insurers–as JASON LEWIS points out—the only people NOT being squeezed on income are the lawyers. Give it a year. I predict riots break out in some urban areas, ie those with the 20% unemployment…….summer 2010.
When doctors are booing THE ONE, the downtrodden will be in a far uglier mood.

Glad I was having fun today. :o )
Parth never posts like he enjoys life.
Schadenfreuden?
You betcha!

6th district Jim says:

July 13th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

YOU BETCHA!!!

parthian says:

July 13th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

“jason lewis”

6DJ continues his daily—hourly?—conservative sewage guzzling. Krauthammer, Coulter, Gerson, Lewis, Rushbo, Will, if they are marketed by the Noise Machine as “conservative news”, 6DJ is slobbering!

The “news” has got to have the special conservative sauce on it, or 6DJ just will not eat it, no matter how much Mom coaxes him!

How did you become a “conservative” pavlovian dog, 6DJ?

Cash N. Carey says:

July 13th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Blah blah blah. I guess the libs don’t have anything to show for all of their hard work in DC so what could poor Eric do? It is tough being a cheerleader when your team is a failure. So Eric decided to post a BQ on Michele Bachmann. No wonder the Star Tribune doesn’t have an ounce of credibility left. I am pretty sure that the dems control both houses of congress and the White House. And yet the topic again?

Cash N. Carey says:

July 13th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Meanwhile, real investigative reporting is happening elsewhere. It is being reported that Congressman Tim Walz, contrary to the statement on his official congressional website didn’t serve in Afghanistan.

I pity the poor Star Tribune lapdogs. Maybe if they weren’t so busy staring at Michele Bachmann blood would flow to their brains.

Cash N. Carey says:

July 13th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

And now back to the Rasmussen polls. Yes, Obama’s approval index rating is still -8.

Today’s poll finds opposition to the Obama health care reform. Those that strongly oppose the measure outnumber those that strongly favor it by about 2-1.

Dora says:

July 13th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

“openly admitted ”

If they openly admit it then it should be easy to post a link of someone from CAIR saying it. And you’d think they’d say that on their website if they so openly admit it.

Of course I don’t expect 2Dim to actually back up the crap he spews.

Dora says:

July 13th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

sorry CNC, but his official website doesn’t say he served in Afghanistan it says he served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. It’s too bad you and the other rw’ers don’t know what that means (and that includes Dave Thul). Another tempest in a teapot for you “REAL conservatives”.

Dora says:

July 13th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Rhetorical question: why is it that the conservatives who were always trumpeting “support the troops” are the first ones to tear down veterans who are Democrats?

SgtPendleton says:

July 13th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

OMG – I actually got a response from one of the ppl who make these posts. WOW.

6th district Jim says:

July 14th, 2009 at 7:50 am

Hey, I am off to have a fun day so I will leave the miserable lefties to make their miserable posts.
I did do Dora’s homework, and the total ‘on and off budget’ debt increase for the four years the Repubs had “total” control was about a 2.3 trillion deficit from the DTTP website.
Somehow, in leftie math 101, that is as bad as the 2 trillion one year deficit now.

So in leftie world, up is down, wrong is right, and they can walk thru their world in beanie hats and rose colored glasses…….
As I have said–
it is a GREAT time for Schadenfreuden, but even that will end with some of the civil unrest that occurs as our jobless recovery eventually begins.

6th district Jim says:

July 14th, 2009 at 7:53 am

How did you become a “conservative” pavlovian dog, 6DJ?

I realized in the 1980′s that the Dems were a party of liars and thieves, I left, and havent missed your types since then….I wonder why……..
HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHA

parthian says:

July 14th, 2009 at 9:04 am

6DJ, the word is “schadenfreude”, which you should learn if you’re going to use it in every post.

Now our Bachmannistan Exurbanite predicts that “riots break out in some urban areas” in the next year. His solvent suburbs will be spared, supposedly.

This is interesting myopia given that a huge amount of the meltdown is located out in the suburban sprawl areas, even when one doesn’t consider the insurmountable problem peak oil poses for 6DJ’s bleak suburban landscape.

In many areas, the majority of foreclosures have been in the outlying newly developed suburbs and exurbs, dotted with their hideous cul-de-sacs of paperboard and vinyl McMansions sold (hilarously) for $400,000 (and up). Many of the largest price declines have been registered in these areas as well. Can you say “underwater”, 6DJ?

There’s plenty of unemployment out in the burbs as well, 6DJ, it’s not like the old days of people living near where they work. Unemployment will be well distributed, don’t worry.

If you’re attempting to point your finger at urban minority communities, these groups labor under very high unemployment rates even during “great” times (like the Bushco jobless expansion of 2003-07) so they have some familiarity and experience with it, unlike, say white suburbanites who are generally spared (but not this time).

So suburban/exurban house prices are collapsing disproportionally, with a very substantial share of foreclosures and underwater homeowners, with rising unemployment for all groups—I’ve even seen reports that white males(!) are being hit especially hard by the Great Recession—with a looming energy crisis making massive daily commutes to far flung sprawlurbia sh*tholes (like most of Bachmannistan) economically unfeasible.

I’d say you might do better predicting civil unrest in your own exurban backyard, 6DJ. Perhaps the Blaine TPC clubhouse will be trashed and its bar fixtures “appropriated”! Fore!

monty says:

July 14th, 2009 at 9:25 am

6DJ writes:
“it is a GREAT time for Schadenfreuden, but even that will end with some of the civil unrest that occurs as our jobless recovery eventually begins.”

So, let’s see. It’s great to watch O struggle with this mess he walked into – Jim seems to have conveniently forgotten all about W, which isn’t all that surprising I guess, he really wasn’t much – but the good times will end when things get even uglier and we have another jobless recovery. Sorta like the jobless recovery of ’02-’03, Jim?
Hard to figure this purported glee in the proceedings, unless, of course, you had a similar reaction 6 years ago and you just like to watch people struggle?
Jim’s big HAHAHAs remind me of my time in corporate. Back then, we called people like Jim snipers. Yeah, they acted like it was all good times and fun, making jokes and yukking it up, but we noticed there always seemed to be blood on the floor when they were around. I personally do not believe snipers really enjoy life. They are like a bully, always trying to make others feel as bad inside as they do.
And if that’s what makes you laugh, that’s not schadefruede, that’s just plain sad.

Deacon Blues says:

July 14th, 2009 at 9:47 am

“In many areas, the majority of foreclosures have been in the outlying newly developed suburbs and exurbs, dotted with their hideous cul-de-sacs of paperboard and vinyl McMansions sold (hilarously) for $400,000 (and up). Many of the largest price declines have been registered in these areas as well. Can you say “underwater”, 6DJ?”

Sounds like Woodbury to me. If there is an Applebees near by, so are the foreclosures.

monty says:

July 14th, 2009 at 10:23 am

“If there is an Applebees near by, so are the foreclosures.”

The Applebees correlation. Never thought of it that way before, but it does seem to fit.

parthian says:

July 14th, 2009 at 10:24 am

Monty–you’ve pretty much diagnosed our 6DJ dead on the money. That he proudly proclaims his feelings of schadenfreude in these difficult times shows his cluelessness and meanspiritedness—all while he loudly proclaims his supposed “joy in life”—luxury steak gorging, corporate boondoggle golf tents, “free admission”, etc.

Researchers have indicated that those with low self esteem are more prone to the schadenfreude emotion—supporting your observations about 6DJ.

And whose misfortune is he feeling such satisfaction over? Obama’s? The regular schomoes who have been caught up in the housing/financial/unempoyment meltdown? Neither seems to have brought their suffering on themselves, so 6DJ’s joy in his schadenfreude is sorta creepy.

Apparently, it’s joy that much of the conservative/Bushco-generated economic calamity is occurring under the Dems watch, without a syllable of argument for how their policies caused any of it. Just daily trips to Debt to The Penny website—6DJ is sorta like Pollwatcher Cash, except he’s the Daily Debtwatcher.

parthian says:

July 14th, 2009 at 10:26 am

“Applebees”

Is that purely a joke (it’s funny) or have you guys actually got data on that?

The old “grain of truth in every joke” theory.

monty says:

July 14th, 2009 at 10:38 am

“it’s joy that much of the conservative/Bushco-generated economic calamity is occurring under the Dems watch, without a syllable of argument for how their policies caused any of it.”

Ya, I agree, I think that Jim does enjoy watching O struggle with this big mess we’re in. But while I also agree W contributed to the meltdown in several ways, I do not hold him entirely responsible. As has been pointed out by others here, this financial implosion has been a long time in the making, with both sides of the aisle having had a hand in creating this situation we find ourselves in now.
If any one thing stands out to me from the W years, it’s that you can’t cut taxes while prosecuting war on two fronts at the same time. ‘Cause, as the wingnuts love to point out, although not quite this way, freedom isn’t free.

Deacon Blues says:

July 14th, 2009 at 10:44 am

I have no data on the Applebees theory other than the two things all suburbs have in common is they have Applebees and foreclosures. A third being a low standard of craftsmanship in the home building.

And as far as schadenfreude goes Parthian, the only difference I can see between you and 6DJ is the end of the political spectrum you’re both on and that you seem to take your pleasure in the misfortune of a different group than he does.

parthian says:

July 14th, 2009 at 10:53 am

“only difference I can see…”

Yeah, conservative 6DJ proudly proclaims having feelings of schadenfreude, which you then transfer onto a lib’rul (based on nothing) so you can (as always) justify you Pox On Both Houses mentality.

Sound reasonable!

Deacon Blues says:

July 14th, 2009 at 11:26 am

“(based on nothing)”

Now THATS funny!!

Its not suprising you dont want to hear it. A few years ago the GOP looked like they were going to be in power for a long long time. Im sure your anger and envy over their political power at the time drove you up the wall. Now that they’ve fallen completly on their faces and are floundering in incompetence to the point of irrelevance, you are on this blog ever day dancing on and reveling in their misfortune. Thats pretty much the definition of “schadenfreude” Its your whole purpose for being here. Thats how I see it.

Richard says:

July 14th, 2009 at 11:48 am

A few years ago the GOP looked like they were going to be in power for a long long time.

They would’ve been had they not driven the country into the tank.

Richard says:

July 14th, 2009 at 11:49 am

A few years ago the GOP looked like they were going to be in power for a long long time.

They would’ve been had they not driven the country into the tank.

Jay says:

July 14th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

richard, I’m not convinced that comment was clever enough to post twice.

adlib says:

July 14th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Schadenfreuden?
You betcha!

Ach nein! Herr Wilhelm! Das ist aber schade!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

adlib says:

July 14th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

“Applebees”

Is that purely a joke (it’s funny) or have you guys actually got data on that?

The old “grain of truth in every joke” theory.

Eatin’ good in the neighborhood…. Try the talapa.

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