all i am giving is the number of people in my home...and im tempted to not even do that and just send it back blank...the government is behaving as an unruly child throwing temper tantrums and as a conservative adult i am choosing to ignore their childishness and refuse to give them what they want...they need to be brought under control
Constitutionally, the census was established to merely count heads. In reading some of the information regarding the current census it seems to indicate that we are required by law to complete the entire form. However, I would say that if we stick strictly to the Constitution the only information we should provide is the number of people living in the household. But we also need to be prepared to receive a fine (because you know they'll try and collect it) and to seek legal representation (there are Constitutional Lawyers who may be willing to take this on pro bono) to dispute the government's "right" to acquire personal information on it's citizens.
If I read it correctly, the fine for not filling it out at all is $100 and the fine for filling it out falsely is $500. If there are millions of us who refuse to give more than the first page information, do you think it will impact their ability to effect us?
In doing genealogy research, I've noticed that starting in 1910 through the last census made public (1930), the information filled out by the census taker consisted of: name of each resident, relation to head of house, own/rent, if owned/free or mort., gender, race, age last b/d, marital status, year of imm. to US, naturalized or alien, attended school after 9-1-prior year, able to read, able to write, place of birth and mother tongue, mother's place of birth and mother tongue, father's place of birth and mother tongue, able to speak English, kind of work, industry work in, employer/salary/wage earner. Of course, this was a different world back then and so rural in most areas. I am so glad we have this information available to us in finding our ancestors, but, not many living individuals are on the ones released up until now. The one to be released next year will be the 1940, I believe. I guess the biggest difference is that people back then did not fear their government and most were immigrants from someplace or other where they DID fear their government. We face an entirely different kind of enemy, now, but, there still needs to be information for demographics and such. So, I guess the biggest problem is that we can't trust what this information will be used for anymore. We could be heading toward a police state or such, and the census could do us more harm than good. It's scary! But, the things I named aren't that dangerous...anything over that is nobody's business except our own.