Thirty-eight minutes of your time

If you want a preview of the 2010 Census, click on this .pdf file. This American Community Survey is planned to replace the long form. I don’t remember how long the long form was, but the ACS weighs in at twenty-one pages and the Census Bureau estimates it will take thirty-eight minutes for the average household to complete.

The Bureau also has a Paperwork Project that’s looking for ways to reduce the survey’s burden. Send them an email at paperwork@census.gov if you’d like to tell them what they can do with their survey.

As expected, Ron Paul is already all over this one. Here’s an op-ed he wrote on the subject.

[Hat tip to Dante Arciero for the link.]

Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Sorry, going to have to disagree with that politican from Texas. (Side note – Texans suck.) Those questions might seem pointless, but they are used by thousands of sociologists and policy makers to better understand our country. I had a love/hate relationship with the Census, which Public Policy majors have to use for several classes. But we do need it. The government doesn’t want to know the number of bathrooms in your house because it’s Big Brother; it wants to know it because it’s an indication of lifestyle and wealth. And to say the Census is supporting racism because it asks your race is just stupid. It asks your race because wheter you like it or not, race matters in today’s society and should be studied. So there’s my rant.

  2. Joel says:

    It doesn’t matter what their reasoning is for wanting the information. It is simply none of their business. What you identify as useful, others see as an invasion of privacy. Let some think-tank obtain that type of information with their own funds. Forcing it on people is obnoxious and unamerican (there are plenty of polling groups that solicit this type of information already). The census should only be used to determine the distribution of electoral votes and congressional seats.

  3. mont monaco says:

    The doorbell just rang. Standing at the door was a lady handing me a census notice…on one side, printed in English. On the opposite was the same message printed in “Spanish”. This country is a melting pot of nationalities. Why do the “Spanish” get priority, while the Italians, Germans, Poles, etc. get discriminated against? The piece of paper says we are required by law to provide the information requested. What a double standard! Does the government actually think the illegals are going to provide information that will incriminate them? It is a waste of ink and tax payers money because they know the system long before they ever cross the border. They don’t need it in “Spanish” because they know where every welfare program and Social Security office is WITHOUT ENGLISH! The government is sending them the message that we are turning the country over to them. You can see it everywhere; in the papers, on ATM’s press 2 for Spanish, billboards with their lingo, and it’s gone so far that government offices and Wal Mart has to have “Spanish” speaking employees to cater to them. ‘Yes, come on over, we’ll take care of you.’ They get everything free while the elderly of this nation are freezing to death because they cannot afford the utility bills. The elderly are dying because they cannot afford the expensive medicines. The elderly are dying because they can’t afford to eat. They have worked and paid taxes their entire life and now that they need assistance, they don’t qualify because they don’t have children in their home. They have raised their family. Their children have homes of their own, yet this government is sending the message for the illegals to sneak across the border with their ten bambinos, uncles, cousins, and the like for free medical aid, Social Security, schooling and everything in between. Come across, have your baby and then it is a legal citizen. What a foothold that law has become.
    A few years back I lost my job. After months of searching for work, I was persuaded to go apply for groceries at a certain State agency. After waiting in line with a bunch of “Spanish” speaking sponges for over an hour, I was told I had to bring in a W-2 for the previous year. Those who were there that did not work at all received several big boxes of groceries right off! I returned the following day, waiting in the infernal line again with my W-2. When I finally talked to the woman at the window, she looked at my W-2 and told me I didn’t qualify because I had earned too much THE PREVIOUS YEAR! Now you talk about being bitter! I paid taxes, yet those who have never worked,(because the government encourages them not to) and have never contributed a dime in taxes were getting groceries up the ying-yang. The Bible even says in Second Thessalonians; 3:10 “that if any man will not work, neither shall he eat.”
    Mexico’s economy is in shambles, along with the so-called government. How long will this country be able to keep it’s head above water at the rate it is going? Crime, Drugs and Murder are the norm in our newspapers because of those who sneak across the border and violate every law in the books with arrogancy. Our Constitution has been raped and raped and turned inside-out by those who are sucking our economy dry and promoting their Hellish ways. No longer are the innocent, innocent until proven guilty. Just get a ticket and see how innocent you are. You are GUILTY unless you hire an attorney and the court finds you innocent. The only ones that law pertains to are the thugs and theives who receive a mere slap on the wrist because the jails are too full. Where there is no fear, there is no respect! The jails and prisons are full because there is no example set. It use to be criminals gave it a second thought before doing their dastardly deed because they knew what a prison was like. Bring back deterrents. Our prisons are full of gangs. Now what kind of punishment is that? Bring back Devil’s Island and normalcy to this once proud sovereign nation.

  4. Charles Phillipson says:

    This address where I am spending the winter is not my home address. If I fill out this census form at this address then I will be counted in the wrong State, etc. When I get back to my home address will there be a form for me to use for that state?

  5. Murray A. Thomas says:

    Aproximately 1 Apr., we (my wife & I) recieved a ceensus form, which I promply filled out & mailed back the following day. About a week later, I got another one, which I threw out, as I had already completed it. Now, here on the 12th of Apr., I recieved yet another one. May I ask what is going on? It seems to me with the cost of the commercials, which is kind of a “no brainer” , and the resending of the census form itself’ no wonder the present administration is having to print so much money!

  6. Rick Keltner says:

    I find this survey to be an invasion of privacy . But some of the questions ask here are about the caliber of our politicians like , how long does it take me to get to work ? Who cares And this survey is to help decide if we need new schools , hospitals , and fire stations (1) OK Schools in the Flint Michigan area they have more vacant schools than they know what to do with and lots of teachers with no jobs (2) And we dont need more hospitals because like politicians there all over paid and expanding to (3) And for Fire Stations Flint just laid off 29 firefighters and there burning the city to the ground as we speak and they have to closed stations now, So no we wont be needing anymore fire stations . I am a Firefighter in a neighboring community to Flint and are budget is cut so much we dont know which ends up

    And for the amount of money spent on mailings about this census we could of cleared up the U S deficit
    Thank You

  7. Freddy Huey says:

    After promptly filling out and mailing my Census form I recieved a phone call a few weeks later from a census worker performing a survey on the form I had mailed. The young census worker started rattling off that I was required by law to answer the questions she was going to ask in this “two minute” survey.I informed her I was required by law to fill out and return my census but I would humor her survey. She began asking me the exact questions I had filled out on the census form. I told her to look at my censud form and she would have the asnwers. she informed she does not have my census form or access to it. Now if this isn’t the height of government stupity and waste I don’t know what is. Thousands of census surveyers (paid by MY TAX DOLLARS ). wasting my time and my money. America sit back and watch…this will be the most corrupt and slanted census ever performed in the history of our country……God Help America

  8. antonio ramos says:

    waste of ink and tax payers money because we know the system long before they cross the boarder, we don’t need spanish because we know every welfare program and social security office is without english! but who’s fault is these when you fill out imagration papers out you fill out a paper saying you are not to receive any help from welfare programs and social security . that the money belongs TO THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE WORKED ALL THERE LIFES .SO WHO’S AT FAULT THAT THERE RECEIVING ALL THESE WELFARE PROGRAMS. THE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THE OFFICES? SO WHY BOTHER ASKING WHAT RACE WHY DON’T THEY ASK DO YOU WORK? DO YOU SELL DRUGS,DO YOU WORK PART TIME OR DO YOU LIVE OF YOUR GIRLFRIEND THAT LIVES OF WELFARE . OUR MONEY BELONGS TO THE ELDERLY ,CHILDREN,THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED IT. SO IS IT THE ILLEGALS FAULT THERE RECEIVING AND STILL RECEIVING WELFARE PROGRAMS WHO’S AT FAULT ! THE GOVERMENT.PRESIDENT YOU KNOW THEY EVEN THROW PARTIES FOR THE OFFICE PEOPLE AND BRING THEM GIFTS BECAUSE THEY HELP THEM WITH THE PAPER WORK. DON’T HATE US SOME OF DO WORK AND DON’T USE WELFARE LOW WAGES WE SUPPORT TWO COUNTRIES WE HAVE TO LIVE HERE AND SUPPORT OUR FAMLIES GO AFTER THE ONES THAT RECEIVE ALL THSE HELP MAKE THEM PAY IT ALL BACK IF THEY WANT TO STAY HERE THERE NOT HARD TO FIND JUST GO TO WELFARE OFFICES WHERE IT ALL STARTS. AND YES I’AM FROM MEXICO BUT I HAVE MY PAPERS.YES I THINK THE MONEY FROM WELFARE BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE WORKED ALL THERE LIFE , AND WHEN THERE ELDERLY IS WHEN THEY NEED IT THE MOST BUT DON’T FORGET ALL YOUR STUDENTS 1-12 THEY COULD USE TWO MEALS AT SCHOOL SOME HAVE TO WAIT TILL THERE PARENTS GET HOME FROM WORK. THANK GOD FOR THE GRANDPARENTS THAT LIVE CLOSE TO THERE CHILDREN. SOME MOTHERS ARE LAZY,DRUNK,DRUGS FATHERS TO BUSY WITH THERE GIRLFRIENDS. AMERICANS TAKE EVERYTHING FO GRANTED. HATE ME IF YOU WANT.!

  9. karen freeman says:

    When my husband and I received our census form we promptly filled it out (how could we forget, with countless T.V. ads, billboard, newspaper and gov’t reminders in the mail?!) and mailed it in. We received more forms 1-2 weeks later, which we of course threw away. Then we received several phone calls requesting we call them back with more info( which we were not so inclined to do) Today I received a phone call requesting 10 minutes of my time to review my survey and answer certain questions with more specifics,questions that had already been answered. Now I love my country and know that we are blessed to live here. I understand the need for a census and am willing to participate. Yes, my time is valuable and even then, I’m willing to paticipate if I can see a better reason then I was given for all the extra mailings, ads and phone calls. I also appreciate that many jobs have been created to, let’s see, get Americans to verify information the gov’t has already received. What I object to, in a time of severe economic downturn, is the waste of our tax dollars that it is taking to complete this census process. Seriously folks! Thank you for your time. :) Karen Freeman

  10. Phyllis A.Wilson says:

    I feel I am being harassed by the census bureau…I was traveling from Texas to my home in Wisconsin on April 1, after I got home a lady came to take the census, that was fine ,I had a friend visiting at the time from South Dakota,had been counted there,she was told this. Then a few weeks later the phone calls started,the first the caller spoke such broken english I hung up thinking it was a scam. Several more calls which I ignored, I had given all the information to the lady at my home. While I was out for the day a man from the census bureau came to my door and left a note, he called the next day and on the following day came to my home again. When I questioned him about the reason for all these calls he told me I was one of the 5% of the population who was being followed up on to check the work of the census takers???Don’t they screen people when they hire them? I told him I felt this is a waste of tax payers money, he works out of the Eau Claire office,quite a distance to drive twice at tax payers expense. Since his visit I have been called at least 4 more times,today I took the time to answer all the stupid questions,really is all this necessary,is this how the administration is creating jobs at tax payers expense? Seems my visitor from S.D. was also counted at my home, although the lady said she was making a note he was counted in S.D. I am 80 years old have never heard of anything like this ,have been through the census count enough times to know this is an outrage. I feel sorry for the folks doing the census I am sure many are happy for the pay check but get real…temporary is not good enough. These are not REALLY JOBS…the deficit is big enough ,not to mention the cost of all the TV ads.
    Thank You for your time Phyllis Wilson

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