What do you think of this American Community Survey that came with this year’s Census packet…and do you plan to ignore it or send it in with only some of the questions answered? This thing isn’t a pamphlet, it’s a 30-page book filled with ultra-personal questions that the Census Bureau has no business asking. (OK, maybe it’s a bit shorter if you’re only doing it for one or two people, but still!)
Here are some examples of the ridiculous questions it’s asking:
- List wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, or tips from all jobs.
- List interest, dividends, net rental income, royalty income, or income from estates and trusts.
- In the past 12 months, what was the cost of oil, coal, kerosene, wood, etc. for this house, apartment, or mobile home?
- Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does this person have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?
- Please print below the specific major(s) of any Bachelor’s Degrees this person has received.
- Is this person currently covered by any of the following types of health insurance or health coverage plans?
- Last week, was this person temporarily absent from a job or business?
- How many weeks did this person work, even for a few hours, including paid vacation, paid sick leave, and military service?
I’m not writing down such personal information and sending it through the mail, it’s fucking absurd. Also you have to love the name: American (oohh, that’s me!) Community (hey, I belong to one of those!) Survey (a survey is just a few questions, right?). It’s bullshit. Maybe I’ll send just the basic info about the house and who lives in it, but they don’t need to know all that other stuff.