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article imageRon Paul says Census Bureau should abide by the U.S. Constitution

By Andrew Moran     Mar 11, 2010 in Politics
Washington - Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul recently wrote that the Census Bureau has no business in asking personal questions other than "how many people live there?" The Congressman writes that it's "none of your business."
Last week, the United States House of Representatives voted in favor of House Resolution 1086 to encourage participation among U.S. citizens to take part in the 2010 Census and Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul voted “no” on this piece of legislation. The Census is used by the federal government to determine funding for everything.
However, the former 2008 Republican Presidential candidate believes the Census goes beyond the Constitution and has no business other than to ask the question: “How many people live there?”
In his weekly column to his constituents, “Texas Straight Talk,” Paul explains that in Article I, section 2 of the Constitution, the government is allowed a headcount every ten years but “was never intended to serve as a vehicle for gathering personal information on citizens.”
But, according to Paul, the federal government loves to gather personal information and even recorded GPS coordinates for every household in the U.S. as they are asked for their names, addresses, home, race and even if they spend time in a nursing home. In previous years, notes Politics Daily, the Census would ask for your prior occupations and household incomes.
The author of “The Revolution: A Manifesto” and “A Foreign Policy Freedom” believes the only answer to these questions should be: “None of your businesses.”
The winner of the CPAC 2010 straw poll also explained that the Census Bureau claims data cannot be used by the government against you, however, the Census data was used to track those who did not register for the draft and was also used to locate Japanese-Americans for internment camps throughout World War Two.
The Internal Revenue Service, claims Paul, used Census data to detect tax evaders and local governments use the data to check for compliance in zoning regulations.
“Yet there are consequences for not submitting to the census and its intrusive questions. If the form is not mailed back in time, households will experience the “pleasure” of a visit by a government worker asking the questions in person. If the government still does not get the information it wants, it can issue a fine of up to $5000.”
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