The U.S. Census Bureau is as crafty as a pedophile at a playground. They offer you puppies and candy (or, the their case, Ed Begley JR. commercials and colored graphics that look like hand turkeys) then threaten you with harm if you don't comply.
I decided today to fill out my 2010 Census even though I think the government has no right to know if I'm Guamanian or Chamorro.
So far, I haven't made it past question one.
1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010?April 1, 2010 isn't until tomorrow. What if I write "2" but then my husband leaves me tonight? Perhaps the first question should be, "How many time machines do you have parked in your garage?"
The official motto for the 2010 Census is "It's in our hands" but the tag lines vary according to the communities being targeted.
For General Usage, the following tagline is used: This is your future. Don't leave it blank.So, instead of asking us our race, why don't they say, "Does Person 1 prefer the word your or our?"
For use in African American communities, the tagline is: This is our future. Don't leave it blank.
I'm white, so I guess I'm in the "your" category. Although, why Hispanics prefer "Es nuestro futuro. Hágase contar" to the Puerto Rican "No dejes tu futuro en blanco" is a mystery. Only the government knows.
Your tax dollars at work. Oh wait, unless you're "Black, African Am., or Negro" and then it's "Our tax dollars at work."