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article imageLimbaugh declares Census Bureau skipping Republican areas

By Carol Forsloff     Apr 5, 2010 in Politics
Rush Limbaugh makes a strong statement that the Census Bureau is skipping Republican areas even as the Federal Government has been on television and the Internet declaring how important it is to count every American.
This is what Limbaugh had to say on his show where he raises the question. He cites a newspaper story in Nevada as evidence that the Census Bureau is passing by Republicans so they are not counted in the census
RUSH: By the way, I may now finally understand. I told you I've never received a census form. I remember as a little kid the census people coming into the house. I haven't seen a census form since I left home in 1970. Here's a story from the Record Courier in Nevada: "Feeling left out by the US Census Bureau? You are not alone. According to officials, some Douglas County neighborhoods have been overlooked by census workers who were to deliver forms to residents with post office boxes instead of fixed street addresses." Now, it just so happens that Douglas County, the neighborhoods in question here, is a big Republican area. I've seen some e-mails come in: "I haven't gotten the census form, either, Rush, and I'm Republican." I didn't attach much to it, but now this newspaper has written about it.
"Cheryl Bricker, executive director of the Partnership of Community Resources, 'My phone has been ringing off the hook. People know April 1 is magic count day and they don't have the form. They're not coming in for assistance because they never got a form.' Bricker said Wednesday census workers were to distribute official forms to the homes of people with post office boxes. Residents with street addresses should have received their forms in the mail well before the end of March." I wonder how widespread this is, that areas thought to be Republican are either not getting forms or not being visited by the census workers, nothing would surprise me.
In the meantime the Census Bureau has put out bulletins on television and the Internet advising people that just because April 1 was Census Day, folks have until mid-April to return the forms. Census Bureau activities have also taken place around the country.
The Census Bureau declares firmly how critical it is for people to fill out the census form and underlines that so far only 54% of American families have completed questionnaires.
The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data are used to apportion congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state and local governments each year and to make decisions about what community services to provide. The 2010 Census form is one of the shortest in U.S. history, consisting of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.
While Limbaugh suggests Republicans are being slighted by the Census, a number of Republican legislators have gone on record encouraging their constituents not to cooperate, even suggesting the questions and format are unconstitutional. Some politicos just simply resist for privacy reasons. In Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendall and the State Representative John Payne were reported at opposite ends on the matter Rendall was quoted as urging Pennsylvanians to fully cooperate while Payne wrote on his Web site that people should be careful about answering questions, using himself as an example when he said, using himself as an example, "the less the government knows about him the better."
Fox News has had a number of anti-census informational forums with stars such as Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck declaring their opposition. Michelle Malkin called the census "indoctrination" and a "way to ensure a permanent (Dem) ruling majority." Malkin has also declared the ads for the Census were unnecessary and too expensive and quotes at length anonymous people who say they worked for the census and found irregularities. Beck implied the Census form a way to increase slavery by declaring that the question of race should not be on the form. He encouraged people not to answer the question and maintained, Today they are asking the race question to try to increase slavery. Your dependence on the master in Washington. No way, don’t answer that question.
In the meantime if conservative voices want to be counted, one thing is for certain, according to some observers, and it's this: that Latinos who have increased in population are going to make a serious impact on the political landscape. In Nevada, one of the eight states gaining in population of Latinos, the issue of immigration has been a hot one. Latinos also were one of the ethnic groups voting for Obama. While Malkin declares the census a potential win for this minority in immigration reform, Republicans are being told on the one hand the forms are unconstitutional and racist in nature or an instrument of control by Obama by folks like Payne, Beck and Malkin, as Limbaugh claims some conservatives haven't received forms.
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