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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.


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.

Jesus and the Census

  1. yttik
    March 11, 2010 at 20:20

    Have you seen the poster advertising the importance of the census with a picture of Mary and Joseph on it that says, “this is how Jesus was born?” It’s kind of funny because if you know the bible story, it’s not a very convincing poster. Mary and Joseph were forced to give birth in a barn because the Emperor had ordered people to return for the census. That’s why a 9 month pregnant woman was forced to risk her life riding a donkey across the desert. Next they’re forced to flee again because the king now has a census head count and wants all the first born male babies killed. The slaughter of the innocents. And lastly, because of all this personal info emperor and kings had collected on the family, Jesus was easy to locate and eventually crucify.

    I had a good laugh when I saw that poster. Okay, y’all convinced me that the census is a good idea. All the Gov really wants is to murder my first born.

    When ever I have the chance, I always check the race box marked “other.” Then I write in, “American.”

    • March 12, 2010 at 11:09

      I’ll wait and see what form I get before I decide to do anything. I do like the idea of requesting to be Mirandized though.

  2. Woodhull
    March 12, 2010 at 10:28

    I haven’t seen that poster, but I’m now wondering just who they are trying to reach with it–the evangelical right? Those pesky gun-toting, bible-clinging rednecks bo warned us about in ’08? Looks like America really is going to hell in a handbasket.

    I don’t have 5K to hand over to the guvmint, but I am tempted to challenge their dictatorial, self-made power grab. We all know the answers to why they want to know about race, class, gender and marital status. The vehicle question still has me stumped though. Maybe they want to know how many people you can drive for a carpool. Or if you live in a border state, how many illegals you can help transport over the border — to America — just in time for the 2012 election.

  3. March 12, 2010 at 11:14

    I think the thing that gets me is the idea that how much we let the government get away with because “it’s always been that way.”
    Well it hasn’t always been that way. I thought it was funny that they put the dates when they first started to ask those questions. Just because they’ve been asking a question since 1960 somehow makes it okay. That’s absurd. Just because someone has been fucking you over for 30 years isn’t a legitimate reason for them fucking you over in the first place.
    I’m going to wait and see what the public reaction will be. For some reason, I think it isn’t going to be good. One thing we can thank Obama for is awaking a sleeping dragon, the public finally becoming aware of how much the Government is screwing us all over. 1980, was one such awakening and we had 20 years of phenomenal growth because of it.
    I’m hopeful that while it might bet worse before it gets better, the getting better part will be really really good. Only if, the public takes back Washington though. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  4. Woodhull
    March 12, 2010 at 12:40

    Indeed, ZH! Very well put.

  5. March 13, 2010 at 05:50

    I don’t that most people will give a damn what questions are asked. Many/most Americans don’t seem to give a damn about privacy anymore. They walk around with a cell phone tucked in their ear and blather on about the most intimate details of their life in public as if other people are unable to hear. (Most of us can hear but simply regard said blatherer as an idiot.)

    Those who do care about their privacy, and I am one, may simply not answer as “honestly” as they should. If we dont’ think that someone has a right to ask us those questions and if we don’t want to answer them we may “fudge” some answers.

    Dishonestly is something any politician should understand intimately from their own personal experience with their own lack of it.

    • March 13, 2010 at 05:51

      Er, early morning dimwittedness struck. First sentence should be; “I doubt that most people will give a damn what questions are asked.

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