You Bought What!?

If the American Community (Communist is a better word) Survey questions aren’t invasive enough take a look at this press release regarding the Consumer Expenditure Survey that took place in 2008. Here it is, right from the horse’s —um, mouth:

Census Bureau to Survey Nation’s Spending Habits

Mar 28 11:53 AM US/Eastern

“BOSTON, March 28 – In April 2008, 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 (CE) Survey program consists of two parts:

— The Interview Survey — About 15,000 households will be interviewed once every three months over five calendar quarters 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 12,000 households will keep two consecutive one-week diaries of smaller, more frequent purchases that may be more 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). ”

Or bathroom tissue, or personal hygiene products, or over the counter birth control or, prescriptions, or (fill in the blank) I__________________________I

“The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics then publishes integrated data from the two surveys — providing a snapshot of our nation’s economy (Snapshot!? Snapshot? By now I think we all have the big picture on 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 (CPI), our nation’s most widely used measure of inflation.

“The findings are invaluable to businesses and policymakers in our communities,” said Kathleen Ludgate, director of the Census Bureau’s Boston Regional Office. “They use the data to evaluate consumer needs and track changes in consumer spending.”

Before the CE interviews begin, households will receive a letter from the Census Bureau director informing them of their selection to participate in the survey. Census Bureau field representatives ( aka The Dreaded Census Worker) will visit these households to conduct the interview. The field representative must display an official photo identification before proceeding with the interview. The law ensures survey respondent’spersonal information and answers are kept confidential.”

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

I know I just can’t wait to share the contents of my closet and my medicine cabinet with a goverment worker whom I’ve never laid eyes on before in my life.

Is it possible that the Census Bureau could become the Censor Bureau?  Will we all have to surrender our Victoria’s Secret or Brownells Catalogs?

So, how much did you pay for  those Depends and that Preparation H?

Sign me,
Resident Apt 1

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