Read THIS!! Here, in italics, are a few choice paragraphs from the link:
WASHINGTON – As the U.S. census nears its final stages, the government is preparing for possible debacles that could derail its $15 billion , from mass identity theft and lawsuits to homeowners who refuse to answer their doors..... "Considering the volume of data that the Bureau of Census gathers during the census, some loss of confidential data is bound to occur," one document bluntly states. Citing past missteps, such as the loss of work laptops by census employees in 2006, it details a rapid-response effort that includes notification of authorities, if appropriate, as well as free credit monitoring for potential identity theft victims.
One document says the "No. 1 concern" could be a refusal by immigrants to participate.
Placing a cap on costs if immigrants try to evade the count, the response plan notes that a census worker will attempt to visit a home six times at most — or fewer, if a resident makes clear he won't cooperate — before the worker questions neighbors to get the information. If that fails, the Census Bureau will statistically impute data based on characteristics of neighboring households.HERE IS MY FAVORITE PARAGRAPH:
Another risk being monitored by the is the possibility of a conservative boycott following recent rhetoric, including one blogger's threat to pull out a shotgun to scare away census workers (Z: A BLOGGER? OH, THOSE DARNED CONSERVATIVE BLOGGERS WITH ALL THOSE SHOTGUNS!). The White House condemned the remarks Tuesday, and the bureau said it remains on the lookout for signs of a boycott or other trouble. Conservatives who refuse to participate may also be counted by way of neighbor questioning or statistical imputation.
Anybody heard of the STASI? (no, I do not think the 700,000 census workers will be like the Stasi but it sure does give you pause...or should) Here's more:
Currently, the mail participation rate for the is 63 percent, and officials remain cautiously optimistic they will be able to match, if not top, the 2000 mail-back rate of 72 percent by the time the Census Bureau winds down its mail-in operation in late April. From May to July, are sent to homes that do not mail back forms.
Have any of you received the postcards about making SURE you sent your form in? I got one announcing it's coming, then got the form, then got one asking if I got it...A friend got THREE asking if she'd got hers. Can you imagine how much that costs?
Well, as my form announcing its coming said.......we need that census for us to get our "Fair Share". FAIR SHARE..............imagine? Got to get that government money, folks! GeeeeeZ
Will they be knocking on YOUR DOOR?