“This could very well be the stupidest person on the face of the Earth…”

Congressman Daniel Webster (R-FL).

But last week, the Republican-led House voted to eliminate the survey altogether, on the grounds that the government should not be butting its nose into Americans’ homes.

“This is a program that intrudes on people’s lives, just like the Environmental Protection Agency or the bank regulators,” said Daniel Webster, a first-term Republican congressman from Florida who sponsored the relevant legislation.

“We’re spending $70 per person to fill this out. That’s just not cost effective,” he continued, “especially since in the end this is not a scientific survey. It’s a random survey.

In fact, the randomness of the survey is precisely what makes the survey scientific, statistical experts say.

Meanwhile, in Leesburg, Virginia, my dad is spinning in his grave.

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