Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity
I agree in general and found it a little suspect that you'd be fined $100 per every question not answered. It's a prod for "more data or more money".
"Are there any illegals in your household? How many? How long have they lived there? Do they pay taxes?" Yeah right, like I'm going to answer that when I could keep evading--or if I am a slum lord like I'm going to be honest about how much I pinch my "labor force" so they could ding me.
"What race are you? What is your skin color? How long have you lived in this country (Like my social security and my driver's license don't *already* tell you that...wtf?) What political party are you currently affiliated with?
What? You gonna raise my taxes just because I am who I say I am? Monitor me for anything I say that could potentially be anti government sentiment? (ZOMG this guy loves his guns-TERRORIST! OH NOES! Shooting rampage!)
Give me a break.
Well...the language for the fines is in the law if I understand what I've read correctly. US Code Title 13 Section 221 states:
) 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.
Now do I think they will actually fine anyone...I doubt it but I don't know for sure.
@mimartin: I think, based again on what I've read, is that some are refusing to answer because they don't believe the government is entitled to ask some of the questions or feel the information provided could be used against them somehow even though it is supposed to be illegal for the Census Bureau to do so.