March 30, 2010
Republicans will lose many seats in Congress due to right-wing paranoia about the Census and refusal to fill out census forms, gloats the liberal web site Daily Kos.
The number of Congressional districts a state gets is based on how many of its citizens return completed census forms. Because voters in conservative states are completing and returning census forms at lower rates than voters in liberal states, conservative states will lose many seats in the House of Representatives that they would otherwise gain due to increases in their population.
I wish I had a national radio show so I could ask "how does it feel to be playing into the Democrats hands?'
The good news is this will keep Glenn Beck employed crying about progressivism for the next 10 years. Or maybe people will actually figure out that decisions have consequences, and instead of acting like spoiled children they will fill out the forms.
(I know there are some here who have expressed reservations about filling out their census form. Sorry if I insulted you but again fill out the damn form.)
Update: I was surfing around to a few other sites that showed up in Google for this subject and followed a link over to Free Republic where the discussion was all about only answering the "required" questions and speculation that it won't matter after November anyway because the GOP will be back in power and that will neutralize the census. Both of those assertions are wrong. The Constitution lets Congress pretty much ask anything they want:
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.
and election of a GOP majority doesn't invalidate the census. First off, the first election it effects is 2012. Secondly there is an apportionment formula for figuring out how many reps a state gets. After that the districts themselves are drawn by the states not congress.
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