A while ago, I ranted a bit about a stupid census for our business had to fill out. We get a lot of government data requests that go beyond the numbers required for things like taxes, that are generally being collected by the Census Bureau or the Depart of Labor or some such agency. I throw out unanswered all but the ones that say my response is required by law, but that still leaves quite a few.
A commenter on this post asked why I get so worked up -- wouldn't you rather the government have good data than bad? And I finally figured out what really irritates me about these forms. It is this thought, that is always in the back of my head, and which if there was any justice would be put on the forms themselves:
"Information on these forms will be used by the government to justify taking more tax money from you and/or to justify further restricting your freedoms."