Just a general question here, what information did you deem worthy of handing over the almighty federal government? Did you stop at the number of people in your household or did you offer up every last tidbit of your private life to Uncle Sam?
Personally, I stopped at the number in my household since that is where the US Constitution stops with regard to the reason for a census.
Here is the constitutional text of what is defined as the census in Article I, Section II:
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.
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.
The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New York six, New Jersey four, Pensylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.
The original reason for the census is perfectly valid, we need to know how many Representatives to send to congress. As populations grow and shrink in certain areas, we need to have a reasonably precise measurement of how many Representatives each state deserves and from what areas.
Questions from the 2010 census which do not pass constitutional muster, in my opinion, are the following:
Is this house, apartment, or mobile home: owned with mortgage, owned without mortgage, rented, occupied without rent?
Why does that matter? Whether a home is rented or owned with or without a mortgage does not change the amount of representatives in congress.
What is your telephone number?
We have an unlisted number, that goes for the government as well.
Please provide information for each person living here. Start with a person here who owns or rents this house, apartment, or mobile home. If the owner or renter lives somewhere else, start with any adult living here. This will be Person 1. What is Person 1’s name?
What is Person 1’s sex?
What is Person 1’s age and Date of Birth?
Once again, my personal stats have nothing to do with determining how many people currently live in my residence.
The next questions dealing with race truly anger me.
Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?
What is Person 1’s race?
Again, race has nothing to do with the amount of representation we receive. No race counts for 2 congressman so why must we divide the country into racial segments?
Personally, I checked the “Other race” box and wrote in American just to mess with their heads.
So to recap, we put down the number of people in our house and checked the box for “Other” race and wrote in American. I know this has guaranteed we get some government census worker at the door asking us to divulge the rest of the information which isn’t going to happen. Yes, the “fines” exist for not filling out information but they are rarely enforced, apparently only 5 or 6 times in the past 50 years.
Another aspect of the census which annoys me to no end are the commercials I keep seeing on television. They act as if the census is a lottery and we must get “our fair share” of taxpayer funds and they can’t be properly divvied out if you don’t fill out the form. They are playing on the emotional desires of people to get them to fill out the form with the promise of more taxpayer money.
So how about you, what did y’all fill out?