Saturday, February 20, 2010

You can Reduce Government Spending, by mailing in your Census Form

You can Reduce Government Spending!
You mean me?
Yes Everyone.  All you have to do is Mail in your Census Form

If you don't, then we all have to hire temporary workers to come by and collect the data.

130 Million people who don't mail in the form will require the Census Bureau to hire 1.3 million temporary employees.  Each Field worker has to track down 100 people who did not turn in the form.  That's going to cost us $800 Million extra dollars.

Why do we have to take the Census?
It's the Law, and it's part of the Constitution
The United States Census is a decennial census mandated by the United States Constitution. The population is enumerated every 10 years and the results are used to allocate Congressional seats (congressional apportionment), electoral votes, and government program funding.  

After the 2000 Census, Red-States picked up a net 3 additional Congressional Representatives and Blue-States lost the net balance.  The 2010 Census is expected to swing to more Representatives in Red-States by as many as 4 or 5 net increase.  So that should motivate those you you who insist on play for one team over the other.

Completing the 2010 form
No, not this time. We are experimenting with Internet response options for the future

Of course.  You should not expect your government to be online with something like this yet.  It's too expensive, and does not include everyone.

What about my privacy?
Anybody who cares about your data already has it!  The Census count data is secure for 72 years by Law, so leave a personal note to the great grand-kids who look you up just to see your signature.  Make sure you don't spell anyone's name wrong.

Capital Wizard folks Report
This week, took a look at which states which Election Data Services said are poised to gain in this year's Census: Texas, Arizona, Florida, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Georgia and South Carolina.
(Brookings found that Oregon would break even and Washington state would gain, but otherwise agreed with the list.)

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