Shocker: Census Becoming Complete Debacle

JammieWearingFool
4/8/2010

Imagine my shock to discover a $15 billion government-run boondoggle. Really bodes well when they’re going to spend trillions herding us into government-run health care, doesn’t it? They can’t count the population, but they can administer health care for everyone? Good luck with that.

As the U.S. census nears its final stages, the government is preparing for possible debacles that could derail its $15 billion head count, from mass identity theft and lawsuits to homeowners who refuse to answer their doors.

Census Bureau documents, obtained by The Associated Press, underscore the highly fragile nature of the high-stakes population count before the government dispatches some 700,000 temporary workers to visit homes, beginning in May.

The preparedness efforts are not entirely new. Previous censuses had contingency plans in place, at least conceptually, and the Census Bureau has never failed to meet its constitutional mandate of delivering population counts by Dec. 31 each decennial year.

But this is the first time the Census has detailed – in 300 pages of internal documents released under the Freedom of Information Act – specific risks to the once-a-decade government count. It’s part of the bureau’s approach to handling threats that could undermine accuracy, omit large segments of the public or add to already ballooning costs.

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