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Rep. Michele Bachmann refuses to fill out most of census

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.  Rep. Michele Bachmann, June 17, 2009

Shelly Lowe, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Census Bureau, said Mrs. Bachmann is “misreading” the law.  She
quoted part 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.

Shelly Lowe, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Census Bureau, said Mrs. Bachmann is “misreading” the law. She quoted part 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.  It is interesting how Shelly Lowe changes  what Rep. Bachmann says, ignoring the reference to the Constitution.

It is terrible that Shelly Lowe did not bother to read the Constitution of the United States because the last time I checked, it is still the supreme law of the land, although many in the Supreme Court, Congress and the Executive branches ignore it when it suits them.
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. [modified by the 14th Amendment, section 2.] The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five and Georgia three.

Now if you actually read the Constitution it discusses an Enumeration, nothing more.  Given the nature of the United States Constitution, it is one of enumerated powers.  Powers not listed are not granted.  Would the Supreme Court agree?  Given the history of legislating from the bench since the 1930s, who knows, but the so-called Justices who choose not to are exposed as the power-hungry people that they are.

The US Code  states you can be fined for no answering questions, see below for the exact specifications.  Many would argue, including Rep. Bachmann, that you have to answer the question regarding numbers of people in your household, but that the Constitution requires nothing more.  Shelly Lowe believes otherwise and that the US Code can trump the Constitution.

§ 221. Refusal or neglect to answer questions; false answers

(a) Whoever, being over eighteen years of age, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary, or by any other authorized officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof acting under the instructions of the Secretary or authorized officer, to answer, to the best of his knowledge, any of the questions on any schedule submitted to him in connection with any census or survey provided for by subchapters I, II, IV, and V of chapter 5 of this title, applying to himself or to the family to which he belongs or is related, or to the farm or farms of which he or his family is the occupant, shall be fined not more than $100.

(b) Whoever, when answering questions described in subsection (a) of this section, and under the conditions or circumstances described in such subsection, willfully gives any answer that is false, shall be fined not more than $500.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, no person shall be compelled to disclose information relative to his religious beliefs or to membership in a religious body.

Sotomayor stated her “wise woman” statement many times

The Obama administration claimed that Sotomayor’s statement about a wise latina woman making a better decision than a white man were “a poor choice of words” earlier this week.

Unfortunately for the Obama administration’s honesty deparment, she has used the phrase repeatedly so her poor choice of words continued over years.  Her filings to the Senate show it was a regular refrain over years.  See

At least the sexist, racist, bigot Sonia Sotomayor was a consistent sexist, racist bigot.  Kudos to Sotomayor for consistency.

Since when can you get out of huge national debt by creating trillions of dollars of new debt

Since when can you get out of huge national debt by creating trillions of dollars of new debt?  It all really is so backwards and skewed as to sound like absolute nonsense when some of this economic policy is explained.  [And the government is going to] bail out debt ridden states  [so it can] get in there and control the people.  Sarah Palin, June 4, 2009


Giant Sucking Sound of money leaving your wallet

It turns out that Ross Perot’s giant sucking sound was not the sound of jobs leaving the US for Mexico.  Instead it was the sound of 1 out of every 6 dollars being sucked from the pockets of people who earned the money and given as handouts to people who did not.

Some relevant points:
government spending on benefits will top $2 trillion in 2009
* Benefits, such as Social Security, food stamps, unemployment insurance and health care, accounted for 16.2% of personal income in the first quarter of 2009, the highest ever (since 1929 when records started)

One of Ayn Rand’s quotations from years ago is very apropos:  Observe that any social movement which begins by redistributing  income, ends up by distributing sacrifices.

There is only one way for a scheme to take earned money from one group and give it to another will end, just as the scheme in the U.S. South which took the earnings from the slaves and gave it to the planation owners ended – badly.  It has happened any place where one group believed they had the right to make sacrificial sheep out of another group, no matter how good they thought their purposes were.
Anyone who disagrees is deluding themselves into ignoring the fact that no matter how hard they attempt to deny it or no matter how hard they want to believe their motives are pure, they are the plantation owners using force to make another group work for them.  It was wrong in the South and is wrong now.  But at least the racist, sexist bigot Sonia Sotomayor seems to approve of schemes like that of the South which classify people according to gender and ‘race.’
Personally, I thought we were always part of the human race, but apparently there still exists racist, sexists, bigots think otherwise.

Obama and his Muslim heritgage

My father was basically agnostic, as far as I can tell, and I didn’t know him. Barack Hussein Obama,  Boca Raton, Florida, town hall meeting on May 22, 2008

Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim majority country. I know, because I am one of them. Barack Hussein Obama, April 6, 2009 address to the Turkish Parliament
Obama has “experienced Islam on three continents…growing up in Indonesia, having a Muslim father — obviously Muslim Americans [are] a key part of Illinois and Chicago”.

Denis McDonough, the US Deputy national security adviser June 2, 2009

Again, what more needs to be said?  The truth varies by the day.

Barack Obama is his heart is bigger than any heart in the world

This man is extremely smart – he can communicate [with a teleprompter], but the best part of Barack Obama is his heart is bigger than any heart in the world. – Senator Harry Reid, May 26, 2009

Obama tries to demonstrated that his heart is bigger by spending the fruit of your lives.  It is easy to have a “bigger” heart when you are giving away other people’s money, and consequently the hours of their lives, without having to work for it.

After all the politicians in the South thought the slave owners had big hearts too – all funded on the backs of the slaves, and all “for a good cause, and fairness.”  Of course, if you ask “fair to whom” and “fair based on who’s judgment” the entire facade then fell apart.

Note that you never hear talk about how it is “fair” to let people work for themselves and keep the products of their own work.  In the modern political lexicon, keeping the fruit of your labors is “unfair” on its face.  When one side has the position of government control of your lives and the other has no principled opposition, it merely becomes a bargaining war over who can buy votes through government hand-outs and the side of big government can always do that.

La Raza on Sonia Sotomayor

Today is a monumental day for Latinos. Finally, we see ourselves represented on the highest court in the land. Janet Murguia, National Council of La Raza (“The Race” aka NCLR) President/CEO, May 27, 2009

If the name “La Raza” (‘The Race”) isn’t crazy enough, the concept of a United States citizen being at all concerned about race is completely insane. If Ms Murguia is more concerned about her “race” than about the United States, we would like to suggest she go elsewhere.  Perhaps back in time before 1865 where there were so many open racists.  She should feel quite at home.  And Sonia Sotomayor should be equally at home with the racist, sexist bigots who were so common at the time.  The Supreme Court is supposed to be about laws, not about race or skin color or gender.

In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American… There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people. Theodore Roosevelt 1907