This is a sad day for sociology.
The American Community Survey, the essential survey conducted by the Census Bureau between decennial censuses, has been killed in the House of Representatives. The bill's sponsor, Tea Party congressman Daniel Webster, believes that making an economic and demographic portrait of the country is an invasion of privacy.
The ACS collects data required by several federal statutes, and is hugely valuable to American businesses. The Census Bureau has also said that eliminating the ACS will make the next census more expensive.
I have often noted the parallels between the current Tea Party movement and the Know-Nothing Party of the pre-Civil War days. This time the "know nothing" label is more literally true.