Impossible to comply

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 21, 2010

We received our census questionnaire March 16.

The first instruction was to complete the form and mail in the enclosed envelope the same day. However, all of the 10 questions were based on being an occupant as of April 1; therefore, following the instructions are impossible since no one knows who will be living at any address as of April 1.

I now asked a dumb question: What dumb bureaucratic idiot came up with this form? Maybe ACORN?

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I go on. The first question is: “How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment or mobile home on April 1, 2010?” Then question 2 is “Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2010, that you did not include in Question 1?” In other words, if you lied in question 1, tell the truth in question 2.

Questions 5, 6 and 7 relating to person 1 could lead to no one being an owner or renter and no adult living in a house, so no one gets counted. Then, if we find a person 1, in questions 8, 9 and 10 we try to decide on a race of that person and where he or she stays if we haven’t found out in questions 5 through 7.

What a waste of time! I can make it simple. Do not fill out or mail until after April 1. Answer the following. How many people live or stay in the home?  Give their names, birth dates and race if you know. Case closed!

By the time this letter is printed, if it is, Obama health care will be administered by the same people who created the census form. You wanted change. You got it.

Tommy Hutto

Eagle Lake