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Tony Flitcraft: Census questions

Tony Flitcraft

A census of our population is required by our Constitution. It says, “Representatives … shall be apportioned among the several states … according to their respective Numbers . … The actual enumeration shall be made … every ten years….” The recent questionnaire issued to everyone implements that requirement.

The answer to how many people are living or staying in my house on April 1, 2010, is appropriate, but how I pay for that house is superfluous. The answer does not influence apportionment one way or another.

Questions regarding race was regrettably used in 1790, because then a black person was counted as three-fifths of a person and needed to be counted under existing laws. Since then we fought a Civil War, amended the Constitution, and passed laws prohibiting discrimination against not only race, but other categories as well. Why do we keep picking at that scab? Those questions are no longer applicable.

Other questions seek to identify where funds should be distributed among the states. We are becoming a nation of beggars, defined as a people who choose to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of their fellow citizens by means of the government. These questions have to do with distributing income, and nothing to do with apportioning representatives.

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