Months before the actual census was due to be released, some people received a fake census The American Community Survey from the US Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, US Census Bureau (Form ACS-1(2009)KFI) aka the long form.
It looks like the regular census until you start to read the questions asked. Unlike the regular census use to be, it is not voluntary, but mandatory and if you don’t fill it out, you may be subject to harassing phone calls from numbers (240-420-6029, 812-218-3144) identifying themselves as the Census Bureau.
Below are a list of questions on the 28 page form that I found particularly objectionable.

Page 1

Please print the name and telephone number of the person who is filling out this form. We may contact you if there is a question.
Why? Are we going to be friends? I have friends who don’t know the answer to half of the questions that were asked in this survey.

Page 2

Question 4. What is Person 1’s age and what is Person 1’s date of birth?
You already know how old I am, but now you need my full birth date. I’m thinking you’re not throwing me a surprise party so what up wit dat?
Note preceding question 5.
NOTE: Please answer BOTH Question 5 about Hispanic origin and Question 6 about race. For this survey, Hispanic origins are not races.
5. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
a. No, not of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin
b. Yes, Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano
c. Yes, Puerto Rican
d. Yes Cuban
e. Yes, another Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin – Print origin, for example Argentinean, Colombian, Dominican, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Spaniard and so on.
6. What is Person 1’s race?
Seriously… didn’t we already cover this? Well not really because we spent half the night trying to not only separate people of Spanish decent from the rest of the people in these United States, but that wasn’t enough so we spent the rest of the night trying to figure out just what kind of Hispanial you are!

a. White
Oh look! White people only get 1 choice! What about Italian American? Or Irish American? Or German American? Or British American?
b. Black, African American, or Negro
Woosah! Negro? We’re back to Negro? How about colored? Or spearchucker? Can I amend (a.) to include Ofay and Cracka! And I can’t believe they didn’t even mention Nicca.

c. American Indian or Alaska Native – Print name of enrolled or principal tribes.
Guess we’re not using Native American anymore. Probably because, as the name suggests, they were here first!
d. Asian Indian
Asian Indian? Like Apu Nahasapeemapetilon? Well that’s confusing. How can the Natives of this content be Indian and the people from the South Asian country of India both be called Indians??? I’d better let this go or I’ll never finish this post. BTW, what’s a Chamarro?
o. Some other race. (How about American???)

Pages 5-7 Housing

Question 8: Does this house, apartment, or mobile home have –
a. hot and cold running water?
b. a flush toilet?
c. a bathtub or shower
d. a sink with a faucet?
e. a stove or range?
f. a refrigerator?
g. telephone service from which you can both make and receive calls? Include cell phones.

OK. I’m thinking if you answered no for anything between (a) and (f) that you didn’t even have a mailbox to receive this form. And if you answer no to (g), you didn’t pay your bill!
11a. Last month, what was the cost of electricity for this house, apartment, or mobile home?
11b. Last month, what was the cost of gas for this house, apartment, or mobile home?
11c. Last month, what was the cost of water and sewer for this house, apartment, or mobile home?
14. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home owned by you or someone in this household (b) free and clear (d) occupied without payment of rent?
16. About how much do you think this house or lot, apartment, or mobile home (and lot, if owned) would sell for if it were for sale?
19b. How much is the regular monthly mortgage payment on THIS property?

Really? You think someone is going to answer questions like this in a supposed anonymous, random survey. Seriously?
I’m going to stop here because the questions just get worse and it’s just making me angry. I think you get the gist of this evil document and can read the rest for your self.
If anyone is foolish enough to fill out this document, I predict it’s only a matter of time before the database this information is stored in is sold to the highest bidder hacked, lost, stolen or just used against you in some way.

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