A little while back, a guy working for the government came to my front door, but didn't knock. I called to him as he was walking away and asked what he was doing. He responded that his job was to prepare for the 2010 census by getting a GPS marker on every front door in the United States.
Hmmmm, now what are GPS markers used for by the government... that is, when laser painting is not an option.
The actual census taking will not begin until 2010. The U.S. Constitution states thus:"Representation and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers ... . The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct."
-- Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States
So, its purpose is to count heads so that representatives may be apportioned in a manner proportional to the population of each state. Every state receives two seats in the House of Representatives, and the remaining 335 (435-100) get assigned accordingly. The Constitution makes no mention of needing to know how far you drive to work,
Here it the government's Fact Sheet on the Census: (10 Questions. 10 Minutes) http://2010.census.gov/partners/pdf/factSheet_General.pdf
The real issue is the American Community Survey (ACS) that accompanies it. That survey is very extensive. It asks in-depth questions pertaining to lifestyle, whether you have health insurance (gee, wonder why they want that?), whether are you a veteran of the armed forces (remember DHS targeting vets as watch targets), primary language spoken in the household, income (isn't that known by the IRS?), how far you drive to work (you might be an eco-criminal if it's too far), and lots of other info. http://www.census.gov/acs/www/
Are you required to respond to the ACS? You bet, even though there is no Constitutional mandate. There is a law on the books, however, even if it is unconstitutional. "Do I have to answer the questions on the American Community Survey? Yes. Your response to this survey is required by law (Title 13, United States Code, Sections 141, 193, and 221). The same law protects the confidentiality of the information that you provide."
This did not begin with the current Administration, but now many of the people who will be conducting the canvassing are working for extremely partisan groups like ACORN and the SEIU. They are on record for opposing the beliefs of half the country, so why are such biased people being paid by the government to collect personal, sensitive data that can easily be passed on to hostile entities?
I never did like the ACS, but now it has crossed into the realm of the nefarious. Given the demonstrated of politicians and bureaucrats to exploit anything against anyone for any reason, this really bothers me.
I'll be making a video of my encounter with the census take that comes to my door. I'll be asking him/her if he/she is affiliated with any group, of which I will have a list to refer to, or if he/she is independent contractor with the U.S. Census Bureau (part of the Department of Commerce).
How about you - what do you think of the census?
- Kirt Blattenberger
RF Cafe Progenitor & Webmaster