“I’m from the Government and I’m here to help”…Lately, this quote has been used in commercials opposing the Obama “Wait in Line Until You are Dead cuz I don’t think you need that MRI” plan. However, it can be applied to OMB No. 0607-0810 from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution allows the government to conduct an enumeration of the citizens of the United States of America. The 14th Amendment revised the description of this enumeration, but it remained solely a head count for the purpose of Congressional Districting within each state. Mind you, I am not quoting directly from the Constitution.
I don’t believe the “heads” they were talking about had American Standard stamped on them, nor did they have flushers.
My ability to walk up and down the stairs has no bearing on whether I should be placed in Representative A or B’s district. The value of my property, my income and marital status are all a matter of public record. This information is given to the Internal Revenue Service each year.
It is of no concern to anyone in the United States Government what time I leave my home, unless they wish to come over and do my laundry while I am out.
This is not the first Survey issued under 13 USC 141 (and various other codes), but it is clearly the most invasive. I have been fortunate enough never to have been the recipient of one. I hope that I will not receive one this time.
If I do open my mailbox one day and find OMB No. 0607-0810, it will go the way of the Val-Pak Coupon Mailer. I can give the census bureau credit for one thing, though. They didn’t insult our intelligence by quoting the “Paperwork Reduction Act”.