Did Ed Snowden do the right thing?
klsmith2020 at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 25 21:42:57 MDT 2013
I agree with Daniel. The Gov has no business in the economy period. The Federal gov is supposed to be very limited. The biggest responsibility of the Central Gov is defense.
--- On Tue, 6/25/13, Daniel Fussell <dfussell at byu.edu> wrote:
From: Daniel Fussell <dfussell at byu.edu>
Subject: Re: Did Ed Snowden do the right thing?
To: "Provo Linux Users Group" <plug at plug.org>
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 7:11 PM
On 06/24/2013 08:35 PM, S. Dale Morrey wrote:
> To be fair, the Census is a power enumerated in the constitution.
> Knowledge of this information does help with a vital aspect of government
> which is the economic planning for the country. Individual census data is
> sealed and strictly protected for decades. I can't say as I would enjoy
> it, but just like voting & jury duty, the census is something necessary to
> the proper operation of a representative government, therefore it really is
> your duty as a citizen to comply with the request/demand.
> The extra additional questions may seem a bit intrusive, but they really
> are just aggregated, the data isn't going to be used for nefarious
> purposes. Even if you put in something completely different from the IRS &
> Census data, for instance you wouldn't get an audit because the IRS isn't
> allowed access to that particular set of information.
I agree that commute times are important for planning new roads. The number of people car pooling would be also. I don't see any reason why the federal government needs to know how many cars I have, how old they are, what my car payments are, my mortgage values, payments and interest rates, annual property taxes, estimated home values, do I have a toilet and a refrigerator, medical insurance coverage and bill, auto insurance coverage and bill, power bill, natural gas bill, average grocery bill, how many married and/or cohabitating people live in my home beside me and my spouse [if present], my fertility, my mental health, how many illegitimate children I have, my last tax return and various line items from the return, how many hours I work, when I work, how much I have been employed in the last year, how much water I drink, my height and weight, how many times I've been to the doctor, how often I go on vacation, etc. Nor am I willing to put down the
same information for any and all adults cohabitating in my residence during the last year. I'm pulling these questions from memory, so some might not be perfectly accurate, but it's as close as I can recall. You are welcome to view the census survey yourself if you think I'm exaggerating. The 2013 survey is 14 pages, they may have slimmed things down a bit.
I don't see where in the constitution that is says the census is for anything more than population count for redistricting, period. There is nothing about a mandatory "American Community Survey". If they want more information than population count, they will have to ask my representative for it. Then my rep can tell the executive branch where to go and how to get there. If he doesn't, I'll be happy to tell my rep he should have done so when he comes to get the information, and suggest he return from whence he came and do it right this time.
<rant> In fact, any program that needs this kind of information, is likely to be the same programs whose very federal existence I despise. </rant>
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