Friday, March 26, 2010

The Census

I'm going to be 60 years old this year. Oh my gosh, did I just say that out loud? Oh well, now that I have actually admitted it I may as well own it. With my older and wiser age I feel like I have finally come into my own. I'm feeling just a little rebellious, I don't want to do things a certain way just because people say I should. The source of my rebellion at the moment is the 2010 census.

I am not opposed to the census in theory but I will not be filling out the census form that came in our mail this week, as a matter of fact, it's already in the garbage can. What do "they" want to know about me that they don't already know, anyway? First of all, last year we were not important enough to get anything in the mail to fill out, so what changed about us this year? This year, however, we did get a form to fill out but they will not be getting any information via the mail from me. What does the government need to know, anyway, that they don't already know about me from all that intelligence they gather from those satellites that orbit over my house? I know I must sound a little paranoid and I only sort of mean it, really!

A source of my rebellion against the census is the census takers themselves. I have nothing against them personally, I am sure they are hardworking people! An information gatherer (I'm sure they have a real title) makes $15.50 an hour, plus mileage and who knows what other perks are attached. I know that many of you will say that $15.50 is fair pay for a person who has to tromp through the backwoods of wherever and go to some scary houses with scary people and it may be. I am still going to hold out until one of those census takers comes to my house to gather my information. I do feel a little bit bad because I know that it is not their fault that I am feeling disappointed by our government and this is the only way I can think of to express it. But, what the heck, they asked for the job, right?

So, come on ahead census taker, come to my house and stand on my porch and ask me all the question you want. I may or may not answer depending on what dumb things our government officials have said in the news that day.

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