Got an email yesterday from my Congressman, Diana DeGette, imploring me to return my Census form. This is on the same day I returned from the Mountain Lair to find the second Census form delivered to Headquarters. (I had already sumitted my form; more on that in a second.) I called the 800 number and asked, Should I fill out another form? The brain scientist who represents one of the billions of new jobs saved or created replies from the script (paraphrasing):
The Census department has determined that to save millions of dollars, additional forms were sent to addresses of those from whom we’ve not yet heard back [clearly I’m paraphrasing, as this proper grammar would never have been written into the actual script]. If you’ve already submitted your Census form, you needn’t reply again and may discard this additional form.
Fortunately, the rocket surgeon got the irony after I pointed it out. Anyway, yes, I have replied to the Census, and so should you. It is Constitutional…Article 1, Section 2:
Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.
My emphasis added…although who knows? Perhaps they had bold back then? Their insistance in knowing your race, however, is pernicious and meddlesome. I followed Mark Kirkorian‘s advice and wrote in “American”. Eat that, CRD!