For the 2010 Census: Name and Address Only

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 28 Oct 2009 13:21:18 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Paul Galvin at - when the census taker comes to your door next year, Mr. Galvin recommends that you hold the feds to their Constitutional authority. Tell her only your name and address.

Readers will note that the Constitution simply authorizes an enumeration, a counting of heads. Not an enumeration by race, Hispanic ethnicity, personal relationships, or by the manner in which a person occupies his/her home ("tenure" in census-speak). Not an enumeration by one's labor force status, by health insurance coverage, by disability status, by level of education. Not an enumeration of the number of bedrooms, kitchens, cars, distances/times traveled to work, school. Not an enumeration of the amount of income made, or by the answers to numerous other nosy questions found in the American Community Survey. Just a simple counting of the number of people. Madison's extensive notes on the 1787 Convention contain not one word about the delegates spending any of their valuable time discussing the issues of race, Hispanic origins, personal relationships, or plumbing.

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