The 2010 Census and You

03.10.10 | Comments[2]

It’s been a while since I have contributed a blog, but it’s been a while since I have gotten so fired up about an issue that I felt the need to blog. Today, that all changes as I lend my thoughts about the 2010 Census.  For months, word has been spreading that the 2010 Census is going to be taking place this spring and that a handy-dandy, easy to fill out, 10 question survey will be deposited right into your mailbox. Fill it out, send it back, and be tax exempt for life! Just kidding about the last part, but I bet if that was a guarantee every literate American would have that sucker filled out and in the mail the next day. Instead, we are asked to take a few moments, make the appropriate markings and comments and send it back so the government can spend months doing fun things like counting kids and determining if you are being adequately represented in state and federal government ( and they mean people to legislator ratio—not the competency of the legislator).

Now, I am all for the Census. It’s good to count people every now and again. I am quite excited to get my little questionnaire and lend my information to the federal government.  You can imagine my disappointment then, when yesterday I found an envelope from the U.S. Census Bureau containing what I thought was my own, personal Census form. Wrong- it was a letter saying that the actual Census was going to be arriving in about a week and would I please take time to fill out this very important paper and mail it back to D.C. I was outraged. Largely because I just wanted to answer the 10 measly questions and get it over with, but also because of the money I felt the government was wasting.

Every day I hear about how the federal deficit is ballooning out of control and our lawmakers are looking for ways to cut costs. Now, the Census department is sending out 3 letters to every American household-a pre-Census later telling me to keep checking my mailbox and since I opened this letter without throwing it away to do the same with the next letter they send me, the actual Census survey, and a post Census postcard reminding me to get my backside in gear and reply if I haven’t already. Then in case, you or I have failed to adhere to any of these three mailings, we will receive a personal house visit by a U.S. Census worker.  Tell me how all three of these mailings to every household are necessary, aside from keeping the USPS afloat and giving them something other than Christmas to look forward to? Explain how cost effective it is to send three different letters when two of them contain no valuable information whatsoever?  NEWSFLASH: People are not going to be any more inclined to fill out their Census because you sent them a “warning” letter nor are they going to rush off to check the boxes because you reminded them in a postcard. Perhaps we could have helped our unbalanced federal checkbook by sending one letter and then paying visits to households rather than thin out the forests and overload the mailbox.  I’d call my Congressman with my thoughts but since I live in New York’s 29th District…I don’t have one. 

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on 03.19.10 Nancy commented

Thank you for writing this article! I was really upset about the the amount of MONEY that has been spent for the inital letters and then to see the questions like how many bathrooms etc. do you have?
Does that really have anything to do with a head count?
So do you think we will be charged for not answering all the questions? Of course they could as it would be another way to get money from the American people to cover the cost of mailing.
I know God is still in control and has his purposes but I don't have to like the things our government is doing to its citizens.

on 03.19.10 Nancy commented

Thank you for writing this article! I was really upset about the the amount of MONEY that has been spent for the inital letters and then to see the questions like how many bathrooms etc. do you have?
Does that really have anything to do with a head count?
So do you think we will be charged for not answering all the questions? Of course they could as it would be another way to get money from the American people to cover the cost of mailing.
I know God is still in control and has his purposes but I don't have to like the things our government is doing to its citizens.

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