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Duncan, Other GOP Congressmen, Don’t Like Census Questionnaire

For U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., the detailed questionnaire the U.S. Census Bureau sends out to thousands of households every month is a little too Orwellian, reports Michael Collins.
It’s too intrusive, he said, and poses too many questions that are none of the government’s business.
“It seems to me that is Big Brother type of government,” the Knoxville Republican said.
Duncan and a number of federal lawmakers, mostly Republicans, are pushing to eliminate the American Community Survey, which the Census Bureau sends out every month to 250,000 households across the country.
The questionnaire asks Americans everything from their ethnicity to how much they earn to whether they rent or own their own homes. This week, the U.S. House voted 232-190, mostly along party lines, to prohibit the Census Bureau from using federal funds to conduct the survey. All four of the House members from East Tennessee voted in favor of the legislation.
The measure is unlikely to survive in the Democrat-controlled Senate. But should it become law, it would end the collection of statistical data that is used to determine how federal dollars are spent on a wide array of government programs and services, including roads, schools, hospitals, job-training programs and community centers.

Census Data: Memphis Poorest Metro Area in the Nation

With nearly one in five residents stuck below the poverty line, metropolitan Memphis ranks as by far the most impoverished large metro area in the nation, according to new census figures reported by the Commercial Appeal.
Of the 1.3 million people in the eight-county metro area, an estimated 246,265 — 19.1 percent — lived in poverty last year, according to figures released Thursday from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
That poverty rate, although a slight improvement from the 19.4 percent estimate for 2009, was the highest among the 51 U.S. metro areas with populations of at least 1 million. Metropolitan New Orleans, with an estimated 17.4 percent of residents living in poverty, had the second-highest rate.