I’ve noticed commercials on the radio lately concerning the 2010 census. It appears that participation is down. According to the 2010 Census site, only 69% of census forms mailed out have been returned. Now, in order to complete the census, the government is preparing to send census takers to your door to get the information they require.
Participation in the census has never been 100% according to the census bureau. In fact, a three decade census gathered before the year 2000 were in decline as far as participation went. The census bureau was jubilant at the 67% participation rate in 2000.
The 2010 census should be ecstatic then with 69%. Perhaps the people of this nation are so sick of government intrusion into their lives that they use the census as a sort of protest and so do not return the form. And while you may not wish to fill out the census, it is required by law. For myself, the government has not adequately explained why they need information other than number of people living at a residence and so that was all I sent them. Perhaps none of us want MORE congressmen/women who ignore us???
The commercials go on to talk of the oath that census takers must give before they are employed. Considering how congress, the acting POTUS, and other government agencies keep their oaths to our Constitution, why should we believe these agency employees will keep their oaths? That is one of the problems that comes when you learn by example. The oath is as follows:
When hired to work for the Census Bureau, employees must sign a Sworn Affidavit of Nondisclosure.
This obligates those hired to accept the responsibility of keeping all Title 13 data confidential. This constitutes a lifetime obligation, continuing even if you are no longer affiliated with the Census Bureau.
I will not disclose any information contained in the schedules, lists, or statements obtained for or prepared by the Census Bureau to any person or persons either during or after employment.
Under federal law, the penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of not more than $250,000 or imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or both.
Can we fine all those in congress and the acting POTUS for failure to keep their oaths? Now, wouldn’t that be a fine thing to do. Imagine how much money we would receive back if they are fined for each time they disavowed their oath to our Constitution! We should include all of those who have gone before them, whether in office currently or not. Men like Clinton, Bush both senior and junior, and quite a few others. Then include their cabinets and this country would be swiftly out of debt.
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, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.
As you can see, the purpose of the Census is to make sure that all the Citizens are counted so they can be represented properly. And for no other reason. Why then would the census desire to know your name, phone number, age, date of birth, of Spanish, Latino, or Hispanic origins, race, if you live in a house, trailer or apartment, and whether or not the person lives there all the time. More importantly, when there are laws about the government doing business in English only, the census come out with a second column in Spanish?
If even the federal government doesn’t obey the federal government, why should they expect We the People to? Only tyrants make laws for others that do not apply to themselves.
What is meant by “in such manner as they shall by law direct?” It doesn’t mean that the federal government can pry into your affairs and ask whatever they want to. This wording refers only to the numbering of Citizens for representation. Nothing else. It is not a grant all license for the government to insert itself into your life or affairs.
Census 2010 website includes an area to tell you why it is so important for you to fill out the census and goes on to disclose that many other agencies/ organizations use this data. Seems to me if these agencies and organizations want data, all they have to do is send out their own questionnaire. The census bureau claims that the following gain benefits by your participation:
* Job training centers
* Senior centers
* Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects
* Emergency services
If this were true we wouldn’t have so many hospitals closing their doors due to the criminal illegal aliens who drain their budgets. If this were true there would be jobs available to benefit those who get job training. Schools wouldn’t be closing left and right and teachers being laid off. As for our highways and byways, they are in a horrible state at the moment. How exactly are they benefiting from census information? Have you noticed improvements in your area with stimulus funds? Me either.
Some interesting facts about the 2010 Census you may not have considered:
- One in nine US households are either behind in their mortgage payments or have already defaulted.
- 2010 census is expected to cost a staggering $15 billion.
- Traditionally, various agencies of the US government has backed away from aggressively pursuing and deporting illegal aliens ahead of the official census count. However, this is the first census since the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001 and it is not clear how the US government will approach this issue.
- These united States was the first country in the world to mandate a census in our Constitution.
- The first census done in 1790 counted slaves as only 3/5s of a person and ignored Indians all together. Today we have no slaves and Indians are counted.
- The Supreme court has said that the census must count individuals and not use any formula to guestimate the actual number of Citizens for representation.
- Because of a fire in 1921, which burned and destroyed most of the census data for 1890, the government created the National Archives and Records Administration
- Records of census data cannot be released to the public until 72 years after the date it was taken.
- In 2007 these united States census bureau admitted that it miscalculated the population of uninsured people for at least a decade. It promised to correct numbers reaching back to 1995.
The census bureau also has trouble counting homeless individuals. With the destruction of the housing market, (don’t you love euphemisms?), many people will be hard to find if not impossible. Has the census bureau sent census requests to all the tent cities which have sprung up in this country?
These Obamaville’s, (called Hoovervilles during the great depression because they were blamed on President Hoover), can be found everywhere. The States of Washington, Oregon, Tennessee, Nevada, and California contain the best known of these Obamavilles. These tent cities have articles written about, but every State has them. These tent cities started around 2000 and have continued to grow. How does the census bureau intend to handle these cities? Will they count or ignore these people? More importantly, how will the census data improve the lives of these individuals?
How is census data being used to help hospitals when the census is not worried about whether a person is an illegal alien or a Citizen of this country? Hospitals across the country are being forced to close their door due to the high cost of caring for illegal aliens and their families according to a report in the spring issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. While Obama would have us believe that illegal aliens are strong and hardworking, they are also bringing with them diseases not seen in this country in decades. Some of these diseases are drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy, plague, polio, dengue, and Chagas disease. A case in point as to the high cost of treating illegal aliens as described by the following:
Illegal aliens perpetrate much violent crime, the results of which arrive at EDs. Dump and run patients, often requiring tracheotomy or thoracotomy for stab or gunshot wounds, are dropped on the hospital sidewalk or at the ED as the car speeds away. Usually such incidents are connected to drugs and gangs. Even if the hospital is not exclusively dedicated to trauma care, EMTALA still governs treatment.
If census data helps hospitals, why didn’t it stop the 84 hospitals in California from closing as a direct result of illegal aliens usage right after the 2000 census? How many more hospitals are closed each and every year because of illegal aliens and their massive drain on healthcare? Everyone knows of the massive amount of illegal aliens living and working in California, (approximately 2.6 million). This is not a secret. Federal funds were not diverted to these hospitals, based on numbers people living there, to keep them from closing. These hospitals closed due to usage. So telling us that hospitals benefit from this data makes me ask, HOW? Now, figure in the rest of the estimated criminal illegal aliens at between 12 and 20 million and how many other hospitals will be forced to close?
I’ve been searching and searching for documention to back up the census claim about Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects. But so far, I can’t find one single article which states that census data was the driving force behind a project, ANY project. If federal funds, highway projects and census data are used in a search, articles containing these phrases will come up but NO examples of “this highway, roadway, bridge” repaired by census data and federal funds. Where is the proof that this even exists?
The same goes for Senior Centers. One article I found broke down the money figures for the federal governments allocation of funds, census data, and projects, but didn’t say how the census data was used to achieve these numbers, or how it was distributed to the different States.
The decennial census determines the allocation of close to $400 billion annually for planning and implementation of federal programs and services such as school construction, housing and community development, road and transportation planning, and job training. The people served by many of these programs include those in hard-to-count communities who are at greater risk of being missed in the census, thereby skewing projections of needed resources and, potentially, appropriations based on projected need. Examples of these programs include (dollar amounts reflect FY2007 allocations):
- Food stamps – $30.4 billion
- Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers – $16.1 billion
- National School Lunch Program – $8.6 billion
- Head Start – $6.2 billion
- State Children’s Insurance Program – $5.5 billion
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program – $5.3 billion
- Foster care (Title IVE) – $4.5 billion
- Child Care Mandatory & Matching Funds – $2.9 billion
- School Breakfast Program – $2.1 billion
Nowhere can I find an articles that says, “this projected prompted by census data showing Citizen needs/use.” Nowhere does it explain how the federal government comes up with the money numbers they are using. Especially when you consider the state of our economy. These numbers seem totally inadequate. In trying to prove the validity of the census data claims, I find that I cannot. There is nothing out there at all to back up the census claims that data it collects is used for the categories it specifies.
One thing that can be proven is the mandatory nature of the census. I have chosen to answer only the question of how many are in my home and that is all. Nothing else appears to be relevant to census needs.