Congressman Ron Paul
Texas Straight Talk
A weekly column
Census: A Little Too Personal
Last week Congress voted to encourage participation in the 2010 census. I voted “No” on this resolution for the simple, obvious reason that the census- like so many government programs- has grown far beyond what the framers of our Constitution intended. The invasive nature of the current census raises serious questions about how and why government will use the collected information. It also demonstrates how the federal bureaucracy consistently encourages citizens to think of themselves in terms of groups, rather than as individual Americans. The not so subtle implication is that each group, whether ethnic, religious, social, or geographic, [continue reading]
I just received in the mail today: "To the resident of..." - and it was informing "the resident" that a census would be coming and that it's important to fill it out so our city gets its right amount of "government money" or however they worded it. I can't look it up since I tore it up and thought what a waste of taxpayers' money to send this out and later to send out the census. I hesitated for a second about the census' worth, since my ancestors complied with their census but it wasn't as intrusive as the Big Brother, Eye in the Sky, inquisition we've come to expect and aren't supposed to question.