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Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Government Is Just Too Nosy

Many of the complaints that parents have registered about public schools is the requirement that the children answer very intrusive questionnaires that involve personal behavior and attitudes. This sort of information is none of the schools business, yet it is gathered, put on computers, and often exchanged with other agencies.

However, it's not just personal information on kids that the government agencies are seeking. The government wants to gather information on adults, too, through a questionnaire distributed by the Census Bureau called the American Community Survey. The 14-page survey asks dozens of personal, specific questions ranging from religious beliefs to the number of toilets in the household. The U.S. Constitution calls on the government to take a census every ten years, but it certainly does not call for gathering such nosy information. Yet thus Survey arrives at your doorstop along with a very imperious demand that it be filled out and returned, and that is very intimidating to the recipient. The cover letter on the survey threatens the recipient with a criminal penalty for not giving the requested information. I've been getting questions from friends for years who don't want to fill out the survey, but don't know what to do about it. Now a couple of members of Congress are coming to their rescue. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Representative Ted Poe of Texas have introduced a bill to make answering the survey voluntary. Congressman Poe says, "It's not the government's job to count toilets; it is their job to count people." The survey asks each recipient 48 personal questions about mental disabilities in the home, personal financial information, and what time you leave for and return from work each day.

We thank Senator Paul and Congressman Poe for their responses to the grassroots' objection to this very nosy survey. Tell your own Congressman and Senators to co-sponsor this much-needed legislation.

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