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Conservative Conspiracy Fearmongering to Cost GOP Seats?

Spewing crazy, anti-government lies for short-term political gain doesn't always work as planned, especially when you're a member of said government and want to stay that way. To whit: Last year, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann warned that the federal government could use the information gathered in the 2010 Census to, naturally, lock up heroic patriots like herself in concentration camps. Over the past month, Ron Paul called the census invasive and voted against a congressional resolution asking Americans to fill it out. Now, according to the Houston Chronicle, this is happening:

As of Friday afternoon, only 27 percent of Texas households had filled in and returned their census forms — well below the national average of 34 percent — according to computer data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In Harris County, the response rate is 23 percent. Houston's returns are running at 21 percent.

Contrary to historical trends, some of the toughest challenges facing the agency responsible for measuring the nation's population are not from counting the traditionally undercounted groups such as African-Americans and Latinos. Instead, a new and growing threat to an accurate national head count is coming from anti-government conservatives who may not fill out their forms to protest against “Big Brother” in Washington.

And this means that ...

In Texas, some of the counties with the lowest census return rates are among the state's most Republican, including Briscoe County in the Panhandle, 8 percent; King County, near Lubbock, 5 percent; Culberson County, near El Paso, 11 percent; and Newton County, in deep East Texas, 18 percent. Most other counties near the bottom of the list are heavily Hispanic counties along the Texas-Mexico border.

New conspiracy theory! Michele Bachmann is a Democratic plant, charged with stripping Republicans -- the last bulwark against Obama's nefarious plot to disappear American patriots into concentration camps -- of power. He is sly. Read the whole article here. h/t Political Wire