Today we received our questionarrie from the U.S. Census Bureau. On the cover are these four sentences:
Your answers are important. Census results are used to decide the number of representatives in the U.S. Congress. The amount of government money your neighborhood receives also depends on these answers. That money is used for services for children and the elderly, roads, and many other local services.
The first two are unobjectionable. It’s the last two that really gall me. The message: fill out this form so you can get your fair share of the largess. It simply assumes that all Americans are standing with outstreched hands waiting for the “just” dispersal of goods and services from our caregivers in Washington. I’m tempted to throw the thing in the trash as a simple (though no doubt ineffectual) protest.