The 2010 Census: Will your answers stay private?, by James Bovard, in March 24, 2010 Christian Science Monitor (via slashdot.org.)
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Hint: The U.S. Census fingered them—and gave their information away in every case. How confidential are your census answers? See Census Confidentiality? The Check’s is in the Mail, by David Kopel.
(Tipped off to this from Lew Rockwell mp3 radio interview on the census at lewrockwell.com.)
The 2010 census is moving apace. Recently, I picked up a census FAQ. Therein I learned that everyone should participate in the census because the information will be used to determine locations for schools and hospitals, that businesses will use the census data to locate businesses, and that the data will be used to determine how many seats the state that I live in will have in the House of Representatives.
What was more interesting to me, were admissions that
Every year, more than $300 billion in federal funds is awarded to states and communities based on census data. That’s more than $3 trillion over a ten-year period.
The 2010 census will create hundreds of thousands of temporary jobs across the nation.
But where do these trillions of dollars come from? Not out of thin air. They are forcibly removed from the people via taxation. So, what we have, is a situation where trillions of dollars are being taken, and then reallocated after removal of administrative and labor costs. The state comes, takes the money, pays itself for administering the takings, and out of what’s left, some comes back to the community where it can be spent to build state-run schools and other things.
But I believe that schools should be private, and that businesses can collect the kind of data they need by contracting for it with other entrepreneurs. And I do not think it right that vast moneys should be forcibly collected and then spent on social programs and do-gooding adventures that are actually destructive of character and community. The “limited” state was never intended to be an engine of wealth redistribution. But my, what a totality the state has become! And, with every census, the quantity of information collected seems to increase. This information becomes the basis for reallocations of the wealth taken. Favored colors and genders and orientations are always glad for the census. Robin Hood visits them, and gives them what is left after his “take.”
Actually, the last time I looked, the United State was utterly bankrupt and cannot afford to spend trillions. Since all the needful data could be collected on a private basis, we do not need to pay the wages of hundreds of thousands of temporary workers.
The US Constitution calls for an enumeration, a count, of citizens every ten years, strictly for representative apportionments. This, I will consent to, although I cannot regard anyone so elected to be my representative. The remainder of the data collection is unnecessary and is used to allocate plunder. I see no reason to be party to it.
She says that she will not be filling out anything more than the number of persons living in her household, as that is the Constitutional requirement. (The law says that you are coerced to provide accurate information on anything they ask you, or face a $5,000.00 fine.) I plan to follow Bachmann’s example.