…that might be because it is. Government management of the entirety of our lives is one of those things, but somehow very few people in government seem to have gotten that idea into their heads, so the failure continues. Up next: the 2010 Census and “American Community Survey” (ACS), the latter of which arguably goes well outside the constitutional allowance of a census to “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” in order to assign congressional districts. From The State vs. You:
The ACS wants to know if you “have difficulty dressing or bathing” or have difficulty “concentrating, remembering or making decisions.” It wants to know how well your toilets are working. It wants to know how much your monthly bills amount to, how healthy you and your children are, how you get to work and how long it takes you to get there. But since the Constitution does not require participation in the ACS, you can just toss the 28-page survey in the trash, right? Wrong again. Those who resist can be fined up to $5,000, and fudging the answer to even the most personal and invasive question can led to a fine of up to $500.
Rep. Ron Paul calls the ACS queries “ludicrous and insulting.” He says the Founders “never authorized the federal government to continuously survey the American people. More importantly, they never envisioned a nation where the people would roll over and submit to every government demand. The American Community Survey is patently offensive to all Americans who still embody that fundamental American virtue, namely a healthy mistrust of government.”
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