The 2010 Census: You kidding me!?

So, today we received the 2010 American Survey Census questionnaire and I was absolutely blown away with the questions they want me to answer. Especially when the ACORN crooks are going to be collecting and sifting through the data.

I can understand them wanting to know how many people live in the house, how old they are, what level schooling they received, nationality, citizenship, military duty, etc. I have no problem with those questions. However, below are some of the other questions they want me to answer. I put the ones that really blow me away in bold …

  • How many automobiles, vans, and trucks of one-ton capacity or less are kept at the home for use by members of this household?
  • About how much do you think this house and lot, apartment, or mobile home (and lot, if owned) would sell for if it were for sale?
  • What are the annual real estate taxes on this property?
  • What is the annual payment for fire, hazard, and flood insurance on this property?
  • How much is the regular monthly mortgage payment on this property?
  • Do you or any member of this household have a second mortgage or a home equity on this property?
  • How much is the regular monthly payment on all second or junior mortgages and all home equity loans on this property?

Then they ask you questions about each person in the household …

  • Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?
  • Does this person have a serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs?
  • Does this person have difficulty dressing or bathing?
  • Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping?
  • How many times has this person been married?

Then they ask you about work …

  • At what location did this person last work (name, location, street, county, zip code)?
  • What time did this person usually leave home to go to work last week?
  • What were this person’s most important activities at work?
  • List income: Wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, or tips from all jobs
  • Interest, dividends, net rental income, royalty income, or income from estates and trusts
  • Social Security or Railroad retirement
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Any public assistance or welfare payments from the state or local welfare office
  • Retirement, survivor, or disability pension
  • Any other sources of income received regularly such as Veterans’ (VA) payments, unemployment compensation, child support, or alimony
  • What was this persons total income during the past 12 months?

You got to be kidding me! Why do they need to know this information about me and my household? The census was designed to find out how many people are in the country, citizenship, and nationality. If the government wants to know how much I make, ask the IRS. If the government wants to know how much social security I collect (if social security is still around in a few decades), ask the social security department. If the government wants to know my mental and physical health, too bad! That’s between me and my doctor. If the government wants to know how much my house is worth, they can figure that out themselves. Why does the government want to know when I leave for work? That one is really odd.

Oh and by the way, if you don’t answer the questions, by law you will be fined $100. So I decided I will pony up the $100 and pay the fine, because there is no way I’m answering the above questions.

… maybe I should just put the check in the envelope. I dunno … maybe I’m blowing this whole thing out of proportion. I guess I’m just too distrustful of the government these days.

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