Census 2010, Interesting questions.

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    TITLE 13 - CENSUS
    CHAPTER 7 - OFFENSES AND PENALTIES

    SUBCHAPTER II - OTHER PERSONS

    Sec. 221. Refusal or neglect to answer questions; false answers

    (a) Whoever, being over eighteen years of age, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary, or by any other authorized officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof acting under the instructions of the Secretary or authorized officer, to answer, to the best of his knowledge, any of the questions on any schedule submitted to him in connection with any census or survey provided for by subchapters I, II, IV, and V of chapter 5 of this title, applying to himself or to the family to which he belongs or is related, or to the farm or farms of which he or his family is the occupant, shall be fined not more than $100.

    Census Law and Fines


    "[An] Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct."

    President Obama has decided to have the director of the U.S. Census Bureau work directly with the White House, the administration said today, a move that comes as the Census Bureau prepares to conduct the 2010 census that will determine redistricting of congressional seats........
    Census Director to Work Directly with White House | 44 | washingtonpost.com

    If by law the Census is to be conducted by the Commerce Dept. and it's officers, and a person fails to comply with the census because the White House had overstepped it's authority by law in this matter, how then is that person violating the law as the census taker themselves will be reporting to the wrong department perscribed by law.
     
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    I plan on just paying the $100 if they push the issue.
    I will answer the basic questions as to number living in household, etc but not the rest.

    Did they raise the fine? Per my research last year it was $50.
     
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    So, could I just give them $100.00 and tell them to get the hell off my property?
     
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    as long as you do not assualt them or anything yes. $100 is the max penalty.
     
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    I will only answer the questions relating to criminal activities of people on this board and those relating to the North American Union
     
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    I had thought about putting down drug dealing or money laundering for terrorists as my primary source of income just to test how confidential those records are.
     
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    Well here is a thought, you an always just hold your fingers out the door to indicate the number of people in your house, and have them count the fingers. The other information they are seeking is not needed.
     
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    Census data has become a marketing tool as much as anything else.
    so all capitalists need to fill it out.
     
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    Personally the census never really bothered me too much to be honest, but it does seem that the White House supervising it, strikes me a little as turing something that should be non-political into something political. In doing so, it appears to make some a little skeptical as to the real purpose of the data then. If it is to be used to determine the number of Congressmen for each state then fine, but as a means to draw the lines in one partys favor or the other, then no. That is the reason why the census need only known the number really, the other data is not really needed other than for political purposes.
     
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    According to the Washington Times, U.S. Census Bureau spokesperson Shelly Lowe indicated that, as paraphrased by a possibly sloppy Washington Times journalist, that “…a portion of the U.S. legal code that says anyone over 18 years of age who refuses to answer ‘any of the questions’ on the census can be fined up to $5,000.”
    However, section 221 of Title 13, chapter 7, subchapter II states:
    (a) Whoever, being over eighteen years of age, refuses or
    willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary, or by any
    other authorized officer or employee of the Department of Commerce
    or bureau or agency thereof acting under the instructions of the
    Secretary or authorized officer, to answer, to the best of his
    knowledge, any of the questions on any schedule submitted to him in
    connection with any census or survey provided for by subchapters I,
    II, IV, and V of chapter 5 of this title, applying to himself or to
    the family to which he belongs or is related, or to the farm or
    farms of which he or his family is the occupant, shall be fined not
    more than $100.
    (b) Whoever, when answering questions described in subsection (a)
    of this section, and under the conditions or circumstances
    described in such subsection, willfully gives any answer that is
    false, shall be fined not more than $500.
    (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, no person
    shall be compelled to disclose information relative to his
    religious beliefs or to membership in a religious body.
    Michele Bachmann will refuse to answer census questions | Coincidence Theories
     
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