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Monday, March 15, 2010

Census 2010 Question Number 1

Okey dokey, the 2010 Census form arrived today. Let me be a good citizen and get this important piece of government business out of the way.

“How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010?”

CRAP! Today is only March 15th; if I answer this question today I am guilty of falsifying information since I cannot possibly know in advance how many people will be living here on April 1st. Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001 makes it a crime to: 1) knowingly and willfully; 2) make any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; 3) in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the United States.

Jeez, I guess I better put this off for a while.


Anonymous said...

i heard a radio ad that was supposed to encourage me to participate in the census. the ad stated that when there was only 100 people in my town we only needed two red lights and that if i didnt fill out the census we would not be given the money for more red lights since we have many more people now. well, i hate red lights so the solution is simple. dont fill out the census and we wont get anymore red lights. life is simple.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...


Yeah, Greg, the government sure does know how to demotivate.

Take care man.


Arthur B. Burnett said...

Greetings from Texas,
Truth be told I was one of the folks handing those out here in Texas. I needed the money. I got a chance to look over one of the forms and couldn't find anything that scared me. Since I'm about as paranoid as they grow them I took the job. In the process I got run just about every back road in the county and found all sorts of old falling down houses I want to go back and photograph.
My reason for sending the Census in was not one listed by my instructors or supervisors, geneology research. One of my Aunts and one of my Grandmothers ran family historys on different brances and the Census came in real handy. I also found that argument more effective than county services or more repersenatives to ignore us when talking to folks.
Having said that, if they send me anything that ask how many guns I have I will advise them to contact NRA's legal department.