Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Census form is here... DONE!

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...

---Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution for the United States
Within that blurb from the Constitution is the requirement that every ten years, the federal government is required to count the number of people living in each state of the Union in order to determine the number of congressional representatives for each state. We know this every-ten-years process as the Census.

We got our Census form in the mail this afternoon, and it is quite comprehensive; especially when it comes to race/ethnicity. This form is absolutely obsessed with the subject of race/ethnicity. Additionally, the form also asks about the age, sex, and status of all people who are from a particular household, but are not currently living in the house. All in all, there are 10 general questions, and then 7 specific questions about each person who lives in the house.

I only answered question #1: How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010? Number of people = 4

As for the rest of the information, the federal government can bite me. The Constitution uses the specific term "enumeration" when explaining why a count must be conducted every 10 years.

The dictionary definition of "enumerate" is as follows:

To count off or name one by one; list
To determine the number of; count.

Bottom line, according to the Constitution, the federal government merely needs a head count of the number of people in my household. The rest of the details of my life and that of my family is really none of the federal government's business. Besides, I already told you about the letter I received the other day from the Census Bureau that explains whey they ask all these additional questions on the Census form: to make sure that my community gets its "fair share" of Uncle Sugar's largess that was first confiscated from John and Jane Q. Citizen taxpayer. I am of the opinion that we need to be receiving less of our "fair share" of federal dollars that have been taken from taxpayers and let those taxpayers keep their own money instead.

Good Day to You, Sir

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