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The federal government is forcing 3 million Americans to disclose sensitive, personal information about finances, health and lifestyle in a 14-page survey – including questions about availability of household flush toilets and difficulty with undressing and bathing.
information called for is needed to aid or permit the efficient
performance of essential governmental functions or services, or
has significant application to the needs of the public, business,
or industry and is not publicly available from nongovernmental or
other governmental sources;
Originally posted by jtma508
As I mentioned in another Census thread, I ran the operations in 1990 for a major portion of the Northeast. These questions were on the survey then too. As intrusive as the questions may seem to be there actually is a reason for them. First, no one can see your answers for 72 years. The data is aggregated to the 'block' level at its most granular and public access to data is restricted to 'block-group' and above (about 250-400 housing units).
Why ask these questions? It provides important insight into changing quality of life across the country. This data is used in the public sector to determine what kinds of resources are needed and where they should be focused. Chnges over time yield significant population and lifestyle trend information. The private sector uses this data as well.
An example, cars in the household. By looking at cars per household, household density and distances to commercial sectors specific areas can be prioritized for public transportation investment. Asking prices for homes, viewed over subsequent Censuses (Censii?) trends population shifts in the country. And on, and on...
I am a huge critic of the government. My posts make that abundantly clear. But from my personal, first-hand experience running the Census as well as my professional life using the data, it is a most worthwhile endeavor. I have worked in Europe where this kind of data is not collected and will tell you from first-hand experience that public planning suffers as a result.
Believe what you will but this is nothing new. It has gone on for decades and to my knowledge there hasn't been any untoward use of the data.
And seriously, WorldNutDaily as a source?? Please...
[edit on 30-5-2009 by jtma508]
Originally posted by GENERAL EYES
The way I see it, the more FACTUAL information they have, the better equipped they are to institute programs and gain funding for those people who actually have GENUINE issues and need assistance.
Originally posted by Monteriano
reply to post by GENERAL EYES
You post smacks of a sheeple. Just move along people, there is nothing to see here. It is none of their GD business what I have, own, make or anything else. That is the point. The only reason for the census is to account for your representation in congress and nothing more. You are the part of the reason we are in the shape we are in now. Show me in the constitution where it says that it is the government's business to know how much money I make or what I possess. I am mad as hell and will not tolerate intrusions in my personal life by the government. We are from the government and are only here to help. Go ahead and follow along. I refuse as a sovereign citizen. Go ahead and take your vaccinations and little pills and watch American Idol and lead your fat and happy life. I am a Patriot and far from lazy as you called me. So go crying to the Mods because you can dish it out but can't handle the truth. Everyone has the right to speak freely and I will continue to do so. It matters not why they want the information, it is an invasion of my personal life and I take it personally.
Willingly give into to anything that Big Brother asks for? SHEEPLE!
Accept dominion of someone else over your life? SHEEPLE!
Actually believing that this government is out to do nothing but GOOD things and fry "bigger fish"? SHEEPLE!
Honestly, I can say right now that this thing were to show up at my doorstep, they would get by name and the number of people in my household and THAT IS THAT.
Welfare does enough.
When's the last time you've seen a neighborhood given a free supply of brand new toilets because the census said that they didn't have good ones?
A SHEEP cultivated for it's wool - (which does nothing to harm the animal, and is actually beneficial to the animal being sheared).
A RABID, WILD DOG running amuck in the same field barking wildly and scattering/attacking said sheep?
Hard day, don't want some weirdo "fed" showing up at the door interrupting your down time.
Fair enough. It's not like they are just human beings trying to make a living themselves, anyway. Screw 'em.
Buncha damn Lizardmen trying to eat our pets!
Oh really? When exactly was the last time you lived in substandardized housing in an inner city? I'm all too familiar with the rampant problems of these affected areas. It's not nice.
New changes in the Census itself are trying to amend these basic needs issues.
How can the Government know the funding is needed if the very selfsame people who NEED the toilets are so fearful and distrusting of "the Government" that they won't even answer a few questions on their own doorstep from a Census taker?