Jeffrey Calls on Inglis, Republican Primary Opponents, to Condemn Intrusive Census Questions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2009
CONTACT: Bill Welch (864) 275-8801
GREENVILLE — Christina Jeffrey, Republican candidate for Congress in South Carolina’s 4thCongressional District (Greenville/Spartanburg), today strongly condemned intrusive and unconstitutional questions being posed by the U.S. Census Bureau, and steep fines and possible imprisonment facing those who refuse to comply. She has called on Congressman Bob Inglis to condemn this “Big Brother violation of privacy and individual freedom” and to demand a Congressional review of “this un-American assault on American freedom and individual liberty.”
The American Community Survey is administered on a random basis by the Census Bureau and includes questions about one’s ancestry and ethnic origin, the features of one’s home; the amount of electrical, gas and water bills; condo fees, insurance costs, rent earned or paid; languages spoken, one’s level of education; one’s physical, mental, or emotional condition; number of marriages; the hour one leaves for work, and how one travels to work; the status of one’s eyesight and hearing; and sources of income and one’s total income, including interest, dividends, rental income, or income from estates and trusts.
According to the Census Bureau website, “the American Community Survey is conducted under the authority of Title 13, United States Code, Sections 141 and 193, and response is mandatory.” Those refusing to comply have been threatened with imprisonment and fines up to $5000. Jeffrey, a constitutional scholar, called the intrusive questioning “a lesson to all Americans as to how far our federal government has strayed from our Constitution and its guarantees of freedom and individual liberty.” She recalled the words of Ronald Reagan, who said:
“We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around.”
Jeffrey criticized Congressman Bob Inglis’ silence in the face of Big Government intrusion and bullying. “He clearly has become a member of the Party of Big Government” she said.
For more information, see Christina Jeffrey’s campaign website: www.ChristinaJeffrey.com