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
-- 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)
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
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
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