One's Observations

A collection of some things I observe along the way.

Retrieving...

"The actual Enumeration shall 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." ~U.S. constitution, Article 1, Section 2

--Enumeration:
to ascertain the number of.
"Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed." ~U.S. constitution, Amendment 14

The Census is clearly about numbers. Not whether you rent or own, what your name is, your phone number, your income...non of this is relevant to determine representation and taxation. I can see the argument for providing one's ethnicity...if you're Indian.

7 comments:

innominatus said...

Yep. Census taker's going to get a lot of "none of your business" from me.

Anonymous said...

1) The first census in 1790 included questions about a person's sex.

2) The constitution states......within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.

3) The 14th Amendment states that The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

4) Knox v. Lee (Legal Tender Cases). 79 U.S. (12 Wall.) 457, 536 (1871).

“The Constitution orders an enumeration of free persons in the different States every ten years. The direction extends no further. Yet Congress has repeatedly directed an enumeration not only of free persons in the States but of free persons in the Territories, and not only an enumeration of persons but the collection of statistics respecting age, sex, and production.

Tom said...

There are no questions on the form about income, your post is inaccurate. Your words cannot be taken seriously if you cannot take a few moments and get your facts correct.

One said...

In the past there have been questions (long form)much more than the short form version. You will have to decide for yourself how much you want to tell the government...or you could waste time arguing details that are clearly intended as examples. Besides, the words in the constitution are what matter and those are not my words. Cheers.

Tom said...

What a great response. You have no intention of admitting you made a mistake and instead pass it off as ME wasting YOUR time by pointing it out.

Be responsible - isnt't self-responsibility something you promote on here anyhow? - and fix your mistake in your original post.

Personally it's not a waste of time if it means one less person is ill-informed about the Census.

Besides all the information being asked is readily available via public records and Google. Do you have a problem with the internet too?

One said...

Tom, I never said you wasted my time. On the contrary, you are the reason I am here.

Anonymous said...

You might want to rethink when the John Locke foundation doesn't agree with you.

http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=6238

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