The 2010 Census & Tax Payers’ Dollars

I received the following one page letter in today’s mail.

Dear Resident:

About one week from now, you will receive a 2010 Census form in the mail. When you receive your form, please fill it out and mail it in promptly.

Your response is important.  Results from the 2010 Census will be used to help each community get its fair share of government funds for highways, schools, health facilities, and many other programs you and your neighbors need.  Without a complete, accurate census, your community may not receive its fair share.

Thank you in advance for your help.


Robert M. Groves

Director, U.S. Census Bureau

HELLO. How much is this costing the American taxpayer for the U.S. Census Bureau to distribute a single page letter to EVERY AMERICAN HOUSEHOLD before mailing the actual census?  Granted, not everyone reads the newspaper or watch television news but I hope most Americans are aware of the 2010 Census.

Why waste money distributing a letter shouting, the 2010 census is coming, the 2010 census is coming?  Save time & money.  Just include a cover sheet stating the importance of completing the census  form with the actual census.

Maybe my proposal makes too much sense.



  1. J.G. said,

    March 12, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I had the same reaction. Why not just write it on the envelope: HEY, HERE’S YOUR CENSUS!

    Apparently the heads-up letter saves a lot of money, per some government study or another. I remain skeptical.

    • March 13, 2010 at 7:23 pm

      I concur with your skepticism.

      And how much did the study, which showed sending the heads-up letter about the soon-to-be delivered census form saving a lot of money, cost?

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