The Modern Concept of the Census
I’ve received a letter from the Census Bureau just to tell me that I would soon receive my Census form. After a four month, $133 million ad campaign, including a $2.5 million Super Bowl spot, is anyone left who doesn’t know it’s a census year?
While that bureaucratic boondoggle irritates me, the substance of the letter is nothing short of infuriating. Why is it so important that I fill out the form? “Results from the 2010 Census will be used to help each community get its fait share of government funds for … programs you and your neighbors need. Without a complete, accurate census, your community may not receive its fair share.”
How paternalistic. How patronizing.
The U. S. Constitution provides that a census shall be taken every ten years to determine representation in Congress. I am happy to play my part as a responsible citizen. But it is demeaning and despicable that our government thinks the Census is about wrangling for position at the trough to see which pig can get the most slop.