Last week every household in the United States recieved their large white Census envelope to complete and return to the government in order to calculate how many people are living within our borders. And while the task of indicating how many individuals live in your house, as well as their ages, is seemingly innocent, it has garnered some unwarranted criticism from big government foes.
However, this criticism is misplaced and the Census actually helps the very community those people wish to save from government interference.
A mere year after George Washington was inaugurated, the first census was conducted and its results found that 3.9 million people lived in the United States. Since then many different tactful measures have been enacted to try and develop better statistics of the specific demographics that are living in the United States.
In 2000, the Census incorporated a $167 million dollar advertising campaign to increase participation because of a continuous decline in response rate. And this year, beginning during the Super Bowl, advertisements flashed across the screen promoting America’s simple responses to the survey given every 10 years.
Responding to the Census is crucial for targeting how much money is allocated to cities, counties and the states. To benefit completely, it is important that people do not approach the Census as another piece of red tape coming from Big Brother, but as an opportunity to help fund those roads in your city that have had lasting pot holes, or to finance new classrooms at your daughter’s schools or to make improvements to the local hospital that is in desperate need of upgrades.
Many of the things taken for granted, like schools, roads and the police and fire departments, are paid for by American tax dollars. And since the national tax day is approaching, the Census is another example of how people can take advantage of the money made available to help local communities.
The Census is not an infringement on privacy, it is an accumulation of data that at the end of the day makes sure that cities and states get their rightful allocated funds. For the sake of our future, don’t blow it off.