No wonder the government has no money

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-22-2009
No wonder the government has no money
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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 4:29pm

I got an envelope today that said U.S census 2010. I was expecting to be my census form. No, it is a letter telling me that I will be receiving my census form in about one week and the importance of filling it out.

Doesn't sending every household a letter telling them that they will be sending another letter a week later add a huge expense to doing the census. If someone is going to disregard the actual census then won't they also disregard the letter saying the census is coming?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-17-2007
Tue, 03-09-2010 - 5:16pm
This was on another board I post. Apparently, it actually increases the response rate and as a result decreases the number of house calls the census workers have to make. It actually saves money in the long run.
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-07-2003
Tue, 03-09-2010 - 5:25pm

I thought the same thing, but after reading tryingtoquit's post I can see why they do it.

My latest gripe is with my health insurance company. They are paying some outside company an exorbitant amount of money to help them do an audit. That means I have to send in my tax form, marriage certificate, and my kids' birth certificates to prove they are eligible dependents. I have to wonder if enough people are committing fraud to justify that expense. Not to mention that it's the state's health insurance program, and I have to think that many of the state employees will use work time to prepare all that stuff to send it in.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-22-2009
Tue, 03-09-2010 - 5:30pm
It actually is kind of like the thread above. The government/parent has to remind the resident/child to make sure it gets done.
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-17-2007
Wed, 03-10-2010 - 8:42am
LOL, good point. Uncle Sam as the nagging Mom.