Purpose of the U.S. Census - seems the federal government is confused

Real Estate Agent with Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. BK627826

2010 is the year of the next U.S. Census.  The year where the federal government is required to count how many people live in the various states that make up the United States of America.

The census is only mentioned 2 places in the U.S. Constitution. The first place is in Article 1 Section 2 in the 3rd paragraph and the second place is briefly in the 14th Amendment in Section 2. An "Enumeration" is to be made every 10 years for the purpose of alloting the numbers of representatives that each state is permitted to have in the House of Representatives.  The original Article 1 Section 2 does mention "direct taxes" but that was removed back when the 16th Amendment was passed creating an income tax.

There is no other reason for the census permitted by the Constitution.  Yet I am constantly hearing radio ads, TV ads, and even their Census website gathering data to re-apportion money for schools, roads, government programs, etc.  Apparently the government hasn't read their own Constitution lately.  The Constitution does not allow for this data to be collected in a census. 

The sole purpose for gathering anything more than a head count of people in a household is so that the government can figure out more ways to seize your and my hard earned money and give it to someone else.  No thanks.  Dear Census Bureau ... read your Constitution and then leave us the heck alone. 


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John Rakoci
Eagle Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
North Myrtle Beach Coastal Carolinas

The federal govt has been suspect since the War of Northern Aggression. The latest group does not even try to hide the fact they have no respect for The Constitution.

Jan 22, 2010 07:30 AM #1
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

John * spoken like a true son of the Palmetto state!!! 2 adults, 2 dogs, 3 toilets - the facts!!!

Jan 22, 2010 11:47 AM #2
Kevin Robinson
Twin Falls, ID
Fractional Developer

In 2000 when the census taker came around my wife told him we had 4 people living in our house. She then asked him if he wanted a soda, and said goodbye. I recommend her method. It is a very Constitutional method.

Jan 22, 2010 11:51 PM #3
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Rob - an excellent point. Let me add one more. If governments, local, state or federal have to wait for the U.S. census figures to roll in to figure out how many schools, roads, etc. are needed, we are in deep trouble. (Oh crap, we are in deep trouble, aren't we).

Local governments should know on an annual basis how much their tax roles have expanded or contracted, how many new students have arrived, how many new homes/apartments are being built, etc.

The legislators need to reread the constitution, and limit themselves to the powers granted therein, not look for ways to work around it.

Jan 23, 2010 12:43 AM #4
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