The Republican census hits Northwest mailboxes

May 15, 2010, 3:27 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

A document voters received in the mail Saturday looks like the U.S. Census Bureau form, but it is from the Republican party and it’s the “2010 Congressional District Census.”

CensusRepublican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says he authorized the census of every Congressional District in the country.

In a letter attached to the census form, Steele says, “Strengthening our Party for the 2010 elections is going to take a massive grassroots effort.”

The 36 questions include some biased language. For example, instead of saying “huge, costly…” a survey should state a specific cost and let the person responding make a judgement about what that amount means to him/her.

Here are a few of the questions:

Do you believe the huge, costly Democratic-passed stimulus bill has been effective in creating jobs or stimulating America’s economy?

Which of the following factors do you feel is most adversely affecting the economy in your area? (Multiple choice, pick one)

  • Loss of jobs
  • Burdensome Taxes
  • Threat of Terrorism
  • Loss of Retirement Value
  • Severe Government Regulations
  • Growth of Government Spending
  • Unstable Real Estate Market

Do you believe the Obama Administration is right in dramatically scaling back our nation’s military?

Do you trust the Obama Administration to keep America’s borders secure to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into our country?

Are you concerned that as other countries like China buy up hundreds of billions of dollars of our national debt they will have more control in directing our nation’s future economic policies?

Do you favor or oppose the Obama Administration’s non-confrontational policies in dealing with radical leaders such as those now in control in Iran, North Korea and other countries?

The accompanying Census letter proclaims, “The Democrats are advancing an agenda that is against so many of the noble principles this great country was founded upon – unobtrusive government and individual liberty. The only way we can unlock their iron grip on the Federal Government is to do everything within our power to elect Republicans all across the country this November.”

And it ends with a “sincere hope” that those who respond to the Census will contribute between $25 “or even $500” to the Republican Party.

It’ll be an interesting campaign season. U.S. Senator Patty Murray has 14 challengers so far, not including Dino Rossi. Most political observes believe it’s a matter of when, not if, Rossi runs for office again.

The filing period for Congressional candidates in our state is June 11th, with an August 17th primary this year.

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The Republican census hits Northwest mailboxes