Standing Up To The 2010 Census

Often times I enjoy reading comments more than I enjoy reading actual news articles.  Today was no different with the persuasive article from The Courier Press.  Unfortunately this article focuses on guilting the reader into providing all the info the Census asks so that the city can get more funding from the government and hovers around political motivation for low population numbers.  Whatever the case, the comments are already being fired back about not wanting to provide personal information to the government.

A sample of comments:

The problem with the census is that Obama has illegally taken over the census. Plus our public funding is going to ACORN/COI to perform the counts. Tis was the group that registered Mickey Mouse

Never fear,C&P. MJR Inc. has been hired to get all the illegals in Evansville to fill out census forms. The population count will surely go up.

The only thing the government needs to know is the number of people living in my house. That is the all the law requires and that is all that they are getting.

2010 CensusAnd then of course there are comments firing back claiming all doom and gloom for not filling out the extra personal information.  Apologists, just wanting to give this administration anything they want, of course just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.

From what I found there are fines associated with not completing a Census form, however I could not find where jail time was involved.  In the 2000 Census an individual could be fined up to $100 for not completing the form or up to $500 for providing false information.  However, I’ve seen reports from bloggers on the web that claim the maximum fine has been raised to $5,000 for not completing the form.  I’ve not found any proof or official documents verifying this.

As far as the US Constitution is involved it was only a way to keep a head count for legal residents within the United States.  The Census was not developed and written into the Constitution to keep track of any Social, Economic, or Housing Characteristics, which is exactly what the 2010 Census is designed to do.  According to the official Census website, 1 in 6 households will randomly be given a 2010 Census long form, which will contain a lot more specific and personal questions.

The 2010 Census Long Form is really what has people up in arms, at least those who value their privacy.  Questions pertaining to age of your home, amount of vehicles owned, type of kitchen facilities, and even fertility status are hardly any of the governments business.

So, will you be completing the long form if you are one of the lucky 1 in 6 choose?  Remember, the law requires you to fill out the Census as pertains to number of people living in your house, nothing more.

Author: Christopher

I live on the North side of Evansville with my wife and 6 year old daughter. I've been a resident of Evansville, IN since 1999, originally from Spencer County. I'm employed by a local Whole Sale Distributor and use my spare time to develop websites and market online projects.

3 thoughts on “Standing Up To The 2010 Census”

  1. You wrote:

    If you look at your own links that you cited in the post – “official Census website” and “2010 Census long form” – you can find either on the page that comes up or in 1 to 2 clicks these statements:
    <blockquote cite="2010 Census is Different

    The Census Bureau has changed the way it conducts the national count.

    Goodbye Long Form

    In the past, most households received a short-form questionnaire, while one household in six received a long form that contained additional questions and provided more detailed socioeconomic information about the population.

    The 2010 Census will be a short-form only census and will count all residents living in the United States as well as ask for name, sex, age, date of birth, race, ethnicity, relationship and housing tenure – taking just minutes to complete. “> and
    <blockquote="Printing of 2010 Census Questionnaires Under Way
    New 10-Question Survey Among Shortest Since First Census in 1790

    The U.S. Census Bureau has begun printing 2010 Census questionnaires as the agency continues preparations for next year’s count of the U.S. population. The new questionnaire, which every residential address will receive, is designed to be one of the shortest since the first census in 1790, asking just 10 questions and taking about 10 minutes to complete.“> and
    <blockquote="One of the most significant changes in modern Census history will occur in 2010 — for the first time since 1930, all addresses in the U.S. will receive a Census short form.“>

    It is clear, there is not a long form this time around, please stop spreading misinformation.

  2. Thanks for the formatting efforts Kate.

    That being said, I think there is some confusion, but only within the terminology. The absolute point is that people are unhappy about having to answer more questions than what were originally intended. Now, just because they aren’t calling it a long form, doesn’t mean that the 10 item questionnaire is any better.

    I’d be happy to clarify this in my post through editing at a later time. However, just wanted to address you in the fact that you are completely missing the point. Call it whatever you want, but nobody I’ve talked to is happy to share any more information than actually how many people are in the household. I would classify that as invasion of privacy…

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