Can the Government ask that?
Now ask yourself, what can the Government ask on a census form?
The American Community Survey asks some tawdry questions.
Question: What is Person 1’s race?
Aren’t we supposed to be a color blind society? Why is it that the Government is still segregating people on the basis of race? I love Dr. Williams story of putting down Caucasian on his army forms. Hey if they give you a choice why not? As he said, that way he won’t get the shitty jobs. This is what the form has to say on why they need race.
Race is key to implementing any number of federal laws and is a critical factor in the basic research behind numerous policies.
I wonder how much money is involved here? I could only imagine that there are billions of dollars tied to the race question. Do you think the Government has any incentive to have a true color blind society?
Question: Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2010 that you did not include in Question 1?
So now the Government wants to know what guests you have? I know it’s an administrative question, but remember you can be fined for NOT answering these questions.
Question: What is this person’s marital status?
How are same sex couples going to answer this? I certainly hope every single one of them marks married.
Question: What is this person’s ancestry or ethnic origin?
More race questions. It’s a fill in the blank, so maybe we should all put down men are from Mars and women are from Venus.
Federal agencies regard this information as essential for fulfilling many important needs.
What in the hell do they NEED to know this kind of crap for? I distinctly remember the Census bureau giving the Federal Government this kind of information during WWII. It was very helpful in rounding up Japanese-Americans to throw them into concentration camps.
Question: INCOME IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS.
This is a funny question because it just goes to show how inept the Government really is. I guess the IRS is one of those agencies that doesn’t share information, and for very good reason. Considering the very partisan efforts by the Obama administration over the Census (ACORN), do you really want them to have your income information accessible to who knows how many people at the Census bureau?
Question: How many automobiles, vans, and trucks of one-ton capacity or less are kept at home for use by members of this household?
Again, why do they need to know this information? It’s not hard for the Administration to use this to determine whom has more cars than they need, and must be either taxed or fined for having too much.
Question: Which FUEL is used MOST for heating this house, apartment, or mobile home?
Think carbon tax.
Question: Does this house, apartment, or mobile home have –
This is the ridiculous question that Dr. Williams and Judge talk about.
As Dr. Williams said, the Constitution requires a Census for Representative appropriation only. Everything else, they have no business knowing about. Follow his advice if you want, but a little civil disobedience never hurts every now and then.
Update: To add this poster thanks to Yttik for the HT.