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Awk! Census Bureau Wants to NOSEY PARKER into our SPENDING HABITS- MYOB! MYOB!

30 March 2007 at 7:03:25 PM

Unbelieveable. My bro from Austin told me some months ago that Austin was chosen as a test bed for some nosey, intrusive census collections, and I also know of a really nosey, NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS agriculture census that I suspect only is a backdoor to NAIS. So I just feel like, if I get this form, I'm going to exercise some civil disobedience and tell them Forget it! You don't need to know this. Maybe CORPORATIONS do, but NOT THE US GOVERNMENT. Join me in telling the Government to BACK OFF.

(P.S. They say, Don't Worry, Your info would be kept private. oh, yeah, REMEMBER THIS? ?????) And even if that were true, there is no one in government that needs to know my spending habits. )

 Beginning in April, U.S. Census Bureau field representatives will collect information about how much Americans spend for groceries, clothing, transportation, housing, health care and other items from a sample of households across the country.
    The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) program consists of two separate
    -- The Interview Survey -- About 15,000 households will be interviewed
       once every three months to obtain data on relatively large expenditures
       and also for those expenditures that occur on a regular basis (such as
       rent and utilities).
    -- The Diary Survey -- During the year, another 12,500 households will
       keep two consecutive one-week diaries of all purchases -- including
       small, frequently purchased items that are normally difficult for
       respondents to recall later (such as a fast-food purchase at a drive-
       through window, a soda or candy bar from a vending machine, or a carton
       of eggs from the supermarket).
    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics then publishes integrated data from
the two surveys -- providing a snapshot of our nation's economy and
spending habits. Government economists use the survey results to update a
"market basket" of goods and services for the Consumer Price Index, our
nation's most widely used measure of inflation.
    "Data from the CE enable policymakers to evaluate consumer needs, make
informed decisions about the impact of policies on families and track
changes in consumer spending," said Fernando Armstrong, director of the
Census Bureau's Philadelphia Regional Office.
    Before the CE interviews begin, households receive a letter from Census
Bureau Director Louis Kincannon informing them of their selection. Census
Bureau field representatives conducting the interviews carry official photo
identification. The law ensures survey respondents' personal information
and answers are kept confidential.
    The following data on the amount spent on transportation are an example
of CE results:
    Household Expenditures for Transportation: 2004-2005

                   Average annual amount           Percentage of total
    Area           spent for transportation        expenditures

    United States         $8,081                          18.0

    Northeast             $7,646                          16.3
    Boston                 8,586                          16.6
    Philadelphia           8,084                          17.1
    New York               7,581                          14.0
    Pittsburgh             7,456                          18.7

    South                 $7,620                          18.6
    Houston               10,326                          19.5
    Dallas-Fort Worth      8,838                          17.5
    Washington, D.C.       7,876                          14.1
    Miami                  6,282                          16.7
    Atlanta                6,044                          15.1
    Baltimore              5,799                          14.8

    Midwest               $7,795                          17.6
    Detroit                9,246                          18.1
    Chicago                8,875                          16.2
    St. Louis              8,649                          17.9
    Minneapolis-St. Paul   8,550                          14.5
    Cleveland              6,095                          15.8

    West                  $9,498                          18.9
    Anchorage             12,596                          21.2
    San Diego             11,301                          18.9
    Los Angeles           10,972                          19.7
    Phoenix               10,549                          21.5
    Honolulu               9,921                          18.1
    San Francisco          9,518                          15.6
    Seattle                9,491                          17.6
    Portland, Ore.         8,845                          17.6
    Denver                 8,646                          17

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