Next year is an official Census year, as you know. We'll all be required to tell the government just how many people live in our homes so that new numbers can be calculated for the House of Representatives.
If you're lucky enough to get a "long form," you'll be asked more questions. In 2000, the long form (click for pdf) included such questions as:
- How well does each person speak English?
- Where did each person work last week (provide address)?
- How much did each person make in 1999?
- What is the value of your home?
Among other questions. Pretty much the same standard fare as the American Community Survey, really.
Hmph. I just noticed page 16 of the form includes this wording:
"Information about your children helps your community plan for child care, education, and recreation."
Thought that was my job. My right and obligation--not the obligation of others, my community.
I find that I have digressed.
I really don't expect there to be much difference in terms of the extra questions asked on the 2010 long form. No matter which version we receive, I will answer one question only.
But I just have to wonder if the government will crack down harder on people who refuse to complete the 2010 long form or future ACS questionnaires, if the Census Director is a directly reporting to POTUS.
As far as I know, nobody has been fined for refusal to complete the ACS. Which makes it easier to refuse to provide private information to the federal government. But with such a personnel change possibly in the works . . .
. . . oh, I have to wonder.