Thursday, April 15, 2010

We're number Three!

Iowa is among the top five states falling behind only Wisconsin and Minnesota in the nation to return its forms, with 75 percent. The national average is 67 percent. Gerdes said Iowa and Minnesota residents traditionally do better than average in returning their census forms.
Only 75%, come on.
Residents also need not fear that their information will be leaked. The constitutionally mandated census also comes with confidentiality restrictions. According to the U.S. Census Web site, "By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone," including the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, law enforcement entities or any other government agency.
Tell that to the Japanese-Americans.
U.S. Census workers are making their final push to collect the 10-question forms from residents this weekend before planning a door-to-door effort starting May 1.
If they come to the door, my response is this: "I'm too busy." I make no plans to refuse to answer, if I could (cough), I would. I can't, because I'm busy.

Read more at: Census push planned


Crotalus (Don't Tread on Me) said...

Doesn't matter if it's 'leaked". It's the government itself that I don't want having this info.

strandediniowa said...

I agree with you, it is none of their business.

All this reminds me of a crop survey the dept of agriculture tried to force on my dad under "penalty of law."

Dad finally responded with answers like, "too much", "not enough" and "same as last year" to questions on expenses, income and acres.

They stopped bothering him after that.

And that's my plan.

straightarrow said...

I got one of those crop surveys, everything from chickens to grain they wanted to know about. I wrote very largely on the cover page. I have nothing you need to know.

Penalty of law hasn't kicked in yet. Of course, that is good for them too, because penalty of consequences hasn't either.