Worth Readingby Bob Barr
Thousands of census workers, including many temporary employees, are fanning out across America to gather information on the citizenry. This is a process that takes place not only every decade in order to complete the constitutionally-mandated census; but also as part of the continuing â€œAmerican Community Surveyâ€ conducted by the Census Bureau on a regular basis year in and year out.
What many Americans donâ€™t realize, is that census workers â€” from the head of the Bureau and the Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee â€” are empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for â€œthe collection of statistics.â€ If the landlord of such apartment or other leased premises refuses to grant the government worker access to your living quarters, whether you are present or not, the landlord can be fined $500.00.
Thatâ€™s right â€” not only can citizens be fined if they fail to answer the increasingly intrusive questions asked of them by the federal government under the guise of simply counting the number of people in the country; but a landlord must give them access to your apartment whether youâ€™re there or not, in order to gather whatever â€œstatisticsâ€ the law permits.
In fact, some census workers apparently are going even further and demanding â€” and receiving â€” private cell phone numbers from landlords in order to call tenants and obtain information from them. Isnâ€™t it great to live in a â€œfreeâ€ country?