02/05/10 Census 2010


         The Census boondoggle: $340 million ad campaign   

                 Otherwise known as the tax-subsidized
               National Democrat Future Voter Outreach Drive 
                                                           – Michelle Malkin

                  The 2010 Census:  What Answers Are Required?

 2010 Census Constituent FAQ’s
Answers to common questions

               - U.S. CODE
Title 13
Sec. 221.
Refusal or neglect to answer questions; false answers
(a) Whoever, being over eighteen years of age refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary, or by any other authorized officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof acting under the instructions of the Secretary or authorized officer, to answer, to the best of his knowledge, any of the questions on any schedule submitted to him in connection with any census or survey provided for by subchapters I, II, IV, and V of chapter 5 of this title, applying to himself or to the family to which he belongs or is related, or to the farm or farms of which he or his family is the occupant, shall be fined not more than $100.
(b) Whoever, when answering questions described in subsection (a) of this section, and under the conditions or circumstances described in such subsection, willfully gives any answer that is false, shall be fined not more than $500. (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, no person shall be compelled to disclose information relative to his religious beliefs or to membership in a religious body.
Republican Congresswoman Will Limit Her Census Response To Number In Household

[Includes Constitutional authority for the Census, questions from the long form of the census, historical examples of abuse of census information]
Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann declared, during an interview with the Washington Times Wednesday, that she will not answer any questions on the 2010 U.S. census form beyond the number of people living under her roof. Representative Bachmann is concerned that questions the Census Bureau is forcing people to answer have become far too personal and invasive and she also expressed her uneasiness about ACORN, an organization famous for having employees indicted for and convicted of various voter registration and fraud charges, being heavily involved in collecting extremely personal information from millions of Americans, and other people living in this country.
From the Washington Times 

Michele Bachmann — Wingnut or Constitutional Heroine?
by John Eidsmoe             June 26th, 2009 in Law
A survey of liberal websites reveals that Rep. Bachmann has been excoriated as a nutcase and called every name you can imagine. However, not one has either (1) called into question her claim that FDR used census records to inter the Japanese, or (2) cited any constitutional authority whatsoever for a census that goes beyond a head-count.
To those who say she has placed herself above the law, I answer that she has done the exact opposite: she has placed herself, her fellow congressmen, and the U.S. Census Bureau under the Constitution.

Glenn Beck Interviews Michele Bachmann on the 2010 Census 06-25-09

Census Bureau Severs Ties With ACORN
The Census Director has sent a letter to the National Headquarters of ACORN notifying the group that it will no longer have a role in conducting the 2010 census. ACORN had previously been tapped to help with low level data gathering.

Obama and ACORN GPS Marking EVERY Front Door in America?
By JB Williams       April 29, 2009
A United Nations Mandate? GPS Marking EVERY Front Door – Part II

Census Bureau: A Threat to Freedom
by James Bovard, June 2000
…Considering the Census Bureau’s dark history, people have plenty of reason to fear that their answers could be used against them.
In 1942, the Census Bureau made up a special list telling the U.S. Army how many Japanese-Americans lived in each neighborhood in the United States. The Army used the census lists to send out trucks to round up 120,000 Japanese-Americans for internment camps during World War II….

Federal law states that “in no case shall [census] information be used to the detriment of any respondent or other persons to whom such information relates.”
Yet people have been evicted from their homes for giving honest census answers in the past….
GAO found that housing value data are often “used to evaluate decisions of eminent domain….”
A Census Bureau press release noted, “Race data are required … to assess racial disparities in health and environmental risks….”

Census director Kenneth Prewitt declared that people’s census answers affect “power, money, group interests, civil rights; in short, who gets how much of what.” But the federal government has no right to dictate “who gets how much of what.” By providing reams of information, the census allows politicians to further manipulate people’s lives. The more information government collects, the more control government can exert.
The Constitution mandates that an enumeration of the citizenry be conducted every ten years in order to apportion seats in the House of Representatives. Citizens should never be required to answer any question except for the number of residents at an address. A partial boycott of the census questionnaire was necessary to safeguard our liberties and, therefore, it was good that a large number of Americans have refused to answer all the questions. Rather than a promise of confidentiality, the government’s census forms should come with a Miranda warning: Any answers you give can be used against you.

Don’t answer Census, don’t face going to jail
Government demands answers, but official confirms penalties not applied
What information is legally required for the census?
WikiAnswers – Author Unknown
The U.S. Code provides for a $5,000 fine for refusal to answer any of the questions in the Census document. As is usual, this is what liberals do. They ignore their constitutional restrictions and then threaten to punish anyone that actually knows what the Constitution actually says and refuses to submit to their extra-constitutional requirements. In this case the Constitution only allows the government to count the people of the country. It does not, anywhere within its wording, give the government the right to ask a single question beyond this in the Census. That makes this part of the U.S. Code for all intents and purposes unconstitutional. Thus once again we are left with the reality of how far this country has slid.
Of course, the question as to whether or not you are even Constitutionally required to even answer the question of the enumeration is open to discussion as well. The Constitution only says that the government must take the Census every ten years; NOT that the people must answer to it. But liberals have done another end run around the Law of the Land and will use their unconstitutional laws to punish anyone that does not obey them – even if they are not required to. I still say that when they ask your “race” every person born in the United States should answer “Native America.” It’s true after all.

Mandatory Federal Census Survey Demands Answers to Personal Questions
By Chelsea Schilling           May 29th, 2009
The 2009 American Community Survey, an annual supplement to the decennial census, asks about residents’ personal relationships and whether a home has hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, bathing facilities, appliances and phone services. It also asks how many rooms are in a home and what vehicles are used at each household.
The new questionnaire asks respondents what they pay for electricity, gas, water and sewer every month and whether residents receive food stamps.
Question 16 asks, “About how much do you think this house and lot, apartment, or mobile home would sell for if it were for sale?”
Respondents are required to disclose costs associated with rent or mortgage, annual real estate taxes on and fire, hazard and flood insurance expenses.
For each person in the household, the questionnaire asks for citizenship status, education level, whether that person attends private or public schools. It also features questions about health coverage, hearing and vision impairment and physical, mental or emotional conditions.
It asks if residents “have difficulty dressing or bathing” or “doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping” or whether they have difficulty making decisions. Respondents must indicate if they have served in the military, their current marital status and whether they have been married or given birth to children in the last 12 months. The Census Bureau claims its question is used as a “measure of fertility” and is used to “carry out various programs required by statute, including … conducting research for voluntary family planning programs.”

The letter asks where residents worked last week and whether they drove a car, rode a bus, subway railroad, ferryboat, taxicab or bicycle to get there. It then asks what time they left for work and how long their commute lasted.
Respondents are also required to disclose their place of employment, duties and income.

While many recipients may consider the questionnaire to be tedious and meddling, the Census Bureau warns that citizens are required by law to complete it and may be fined as much as $5,000 for willfully refusing. While an individual may feel uneasy about answering each question truthfully, the fine for filing false information can be as much as $500.

The Census Bureau estimates that the form takes an average of 38 minutes for each household to complete.

Rep. Ron Paul blasted the government for spending “hundreds of millions of dollars” on the survey and called the questionnaire “insulting” in his Texas Straight Talk column.
“The survey asks, for instance, how many bathrooms you have in your house, how many miles you drive to work, how many days you were sick last year, and whether you have trouble getting up stairs. It goes on and on, mixing inane questions with highly detailed inquiries about your financial affairs. One can only imagine the countless malevolent ways our federal bureaucrats could use this information. At the very least, the survey will be used to dole out pork, which is reason enough to oppose it.”
Paul continued, “The founders never authorized the federal government to continuously survey the American people. More importantly, they never envisioned a nation where the people would roll over and submit to every government demand. The American Community Survey is patently offensive to all Americans who still embody that fundamental American virtue, namely a healthy mistrust of government. ”

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