Lebanon Reporter

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March 19, 2010

Let’s worry about the real problems

The Libertarian Party has declared the 2010 Census “unconstitutional, unnecessary and too expensive,” because there are too many questions. The party insists that the U.S. Constitution allows the U.S. Census Bureau to ask only one question: How many people are living here?

National Libertarian Party Chairman William Redpath, in an e-mail release, said, “the federal government wants to use the additional information to fine tune its control over the lives and money of the American people.”

I am reminded of the Buffalo Springfield lyric, “Paranoia strikes deep. ...”

Asserting that the Constitution should be interpreted inherently is consistent with the Libertarian Party’s beliefs, but the Constitution, in what is called the “enumeration clause,” also ruled that slaves should be counted as three-fifths of a white person.

Among other issues, participating in the census is critical if Indiana is to receive a fair return on its federal tax investment.

Will Higgins of The Indianapolis Star reported earlier this week that the Brookings Institution estimated Indiana could have received $4.4 million in additional Medicare funding in 2008, had the 2000 census “had counted just 0.1 percent more Hoosiers.”

Even though Indiana’s population topped 6 million for the first time, the state lost one seat in Congress. There are 435 seats in the House of Representatives; the number of representatives a state receives is based on population. Based on the 2000 Census, a congressman represented 656,952 people.

Told of the Libs’ focus on census constitutionality, Cody Jones, one of our graphic artists, remarked, “That’s not the hill you should be dying on right now.”

There’s another irrelevant hill being assaulted by the national media: The information (I won’t dignify it by saying it is “news”) that recovering sex addict Tiger Woods will return to professional golf, by playing in this year’s Masters tournament.

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