Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Chris asks: Have you received the Census letters in the mail and how have you responded?
I want no part of it obviously.
If I don’t respond to it via the online questionnaire they will send someone to my house. Which I’m at a minimum going to make them do. Why should I/we make it easy for them? It’s akin to us filing tax forms and doing all the work for them. No thanks. And have you seen the questions they’re asking? It’s ludicrous! They want a telephone number, name, sex, race, etc. Absurd and appalling! There’s varying info on what we “legally” have to tell them. Some say we are only obligated to tell them the number of persons living in said household. Others say we’re obligated to answer all the questions. I’m willing to give them the number of people living in the house but it ends there. But even telling them that tears at my soul. But that would be the most I’d give them. Thoughts?
My reply: I threw mine in the Woods the day I got it. Because – like you – I’m appalled by the intrusiveness of the questions and the peremptory tone of it all. My understanding is that the Census is done for purposes of legislative/congressional apportionment only. Or rather, that is its constitutional purpose. Demanding personal information such as phone numbers and so on is not something I’m going to provide – and they can come Hut! Hut! Hut! me if it comes to that.
If some Karen – annoying busybody female – or ken (the same, with male genitalia) shows up at my place I will tell them one adult male resides here and that is all. We’ll see what the reaction is.
PS: I am far from looking for a confrontation. I hate confrontation. I love peace. But these bastards will not leave us alone, ever. So what choice do we have?
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