I am still shocked at the sheer stupidity of some people.
While at the Golden Pantry in Winterville yesterday, a frizzy hair fruitcake came in and started bitching about having received the census form. After loudly complaining about the length of the form, she announced that she's not filling it out. I glanced at the woman with a combined look of shock and and disbelief. An earful of drivel and that one look revealed that this was one of those conspiracy driven, fundamentalist, government fearing fools. Needless to say, I said nothing. I am selective about the people with whom I choose to discuss poltics. This was not a rational person. Nor was this an intelligent person. I suspect that had I stayed for her rant, I would have heard her denounce Obama as a foreign born Muslim.
Census Law and Fines
The following section of the United States Code requires that people fill out their U.S. Census forms and provides a $100 penalty for not answering the Census and up to $500 for giving false information.
13 USC Sec. 221
TITLE 13 - CENSUS
CHAPTER 7 - OFFENSES AND PENALTIES
SUBCHAPTER II - OTHER PERSONS
Sec. 221. Refusal or neglect to answer questions; false answers
(a) 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.