The Republican National Committee has been sending out surveys to " a select group of Republicans" in the hope of getting a consensus of their views. The surveys are referred to as "GOP Census Documents."

According to the letter accompanying the census, committee Chairman Michael Steele wants to re-build the party "from the grassroots up" based on what a sampling of the 62 million Republicans in the United States has to say. Wow, I thought. That's an ambitious goal.

The rhetoric that followed was to be expected. Control of the executive and legislative branches gave the Democrats "unchecked power." If the Republicans were in power, would their control still be described as such? I think not.

However, Steele's goal was certainly admirable. So I proceeded to the questionnaire to see what the party wanted to know from its membership. Maybe, I thought, it will give me some insight into  what the party thinks of independent tire dealers.

No such luck. Most of the questions were, to put it mildly, leading questions. Here are some examples, exactly as they were written.

* "Should we unite as a Party to oppose President Obama's huge tax increase on the American people, particularly the new tax on dividends, capital gains and small businesses?"

*  "Should the Democrats' so-called Stimulus Bill with its wasteful pork-barrel spending be repealed?"

* "Do you oppose the Obama/Pelosi health care takeover plan that would bring Washington bureaucrats between doctors and patients, ration medical treatment and deny critical care while skyrocketing the national debt?"

* Would you be willing to throw grandmother from the train a kiss? (OK, the last one was mine.)

There were very few straightforward questions.

Near the end of the questionnaire came this request: "Will you join the Republican National Committee by making a contribution today?" And that's when I realized the goal was really about building the Republican coffers "from the grassroots up." Naive, little ol' me.

On the bright side, both the letter and "census document questionnaire" were paid for by the Republican National Committee (a gift in the amount of $100 will pay for the mailing of 238 census documents to registered Republicans, by the way). In addition, neither was printed at the taxpayers' expense -- at least that's what was printed on the materials.

On a related note, I wonder if the Whig Party has sent out its questionnaire yet.

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Bob Ulrich
Bob Ulrich

Editor, Retired

Editor Bob Ulrich has earned a reputation as an industry expert thanks to his insightful, in-depth articles and blogs on the tire industry. Before joining Modern Tire Dealer in 1985, Bob earned a B.A. in English literature from Ohio Northern University. Also, he graduated from the University of Akron School of Law with a J.D.

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Editor Bob Ulrich has earned a reputation as an industry expert thanks to his insightful, in-depth articles and blogs on the tire industry. Before joining Modern Tire Dealer in 1985, Bob earned a B.A. in English literature from Ohio Northern University. Also, he graduated from the University of Akron School of Law with a J.D.

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