I used to be skeptical of people who complained about Census workers coming to their door. What was the big deal?
I have just received the American Community Survey, which is a highly intrusive, utterly unconstitutional questionnaire sent out to random homes in America. Supposedly the survey is to be used to help decide "where new schools, hospitals, and fire stations are needed." But why does the federal government need this information? Deciding where schools and hospitals are needed is the job of the city, county or state.
So, somehow, in order to figure out where to put schools and fire stations (as if a perusal of the Google Maps couldn't just tell you were a fire station might be needed), they need to know all sorts of personal, intimate details of the lives of everyone at the residence, including: what time a person leaves for work in the morning, what type of Internet service they subscribe to, how much is paid in utilities, whether or not they have health insurance (and with whom), whether someone is blind or deaf, and details on everyone's love life by inquiring about marriages and divorces in the past year.
When they first try to get you to fill out the survey, they mail you a letter pointing you to their website. I didn't bother with this, because first of all, I wasn't sure I wanted to respond, and second, they promised to send a paper copy if the Internet form wasn't used. I wanted to be able to see all the questions at once before deciding to respond to not, and you need paper for that.
Eventually, the paper survey arrived in the mail. A very thick packet, it dwarfed the other mail. On the front you are greeted with the following in big, bold letters: YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW.
I could not believe my eyes when I opened this package and read the questions ...