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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Counting Angels On The Head Of A Constitution

On this date in 1790, a minor event took place in the First Congress:

A message from the Senate informed the House, that the Senate passed the bill providing for the enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States, with several amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of the House.

That bill ultimately became our very first census legislation.  The data collection was simple:

If Mississippi and her sister rebel states had their way, we'd still be counting slave and free human beings.  And if Ron Paul had his way, we wouldn't count anything else.

ntodd

February 19, 2013 in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink

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