Many of us have already received our 2010 census form in the mail, and the form brings one question to mind:
We waited 10 years for this?
This census is a major disappointment. I received my envelope with glee, poured a cup of coffee and sat down to perform my civic duty by sending it back right away.
What a goodly American am I.
The census form slapped down my glee, much like we hit at a fly, making it flounder against the window.
Name. Address. Phone number. Race. House type and if I own it.
And then some 52 blank lines for the other 52 people that might be living under my couch.
Since I could not list my fine array of pets, I was done in less than two minutes, even before I sipped a single drop of coffee.
All the romantic notions I had of the census are gone.
Of course, there is that lucky 2 percent of folks who will receive the additional questions.
My boyfriend was one of the lucky ones. Yet when I enthusiastically asked what the additional question were, he said they were mundane, routine inquiries about blah blah ho-hum stuff.
Doesn’t the government want to know more about who we are? Are we not more than mere statistics?
The census should definitely be updated to make it more interesting and better reflect the American public.
It should ask our hobbies, our passions, our dreams, so the government can then implement ways to achieve those dreams and make us happy.
Isn’t that what a government is there for?
We would also be thrilled to know more about our compatriots.
What’s the biggest hobby in Utah? Does age play a factor in people’s favorite color in Kalamazoo? How many folks in Florida would rather be eaten by a shark than an alligator?
These are the important things, the things that make us tick. Knowing such fun facts would make us a more cohesive unit and incline us to be much more neighborly.
Our country would be a better place if we knew more about our fellows other than if they have 52 people living in the attic.
The only people who may remain gleeful about the census are the scam artists. They have already seized their opportunity, sending out fake inquiries under the census guise.
Some scams may ask folks for their bank account and credit card info, Social Security number and political stance. Others may say to send money or your firstborn. Still more may ask about immigration status or Medicare.
At least these scams sound a bit more interesting than the fully flat real thing.
Quick 2010 census facts from the 2010 Census website:
Top five states that have sent back their census forms:
Wisconsin – 72 percent
Iowa – 70 percent
Minnesota – 69 percent
Indiana – 68 percent
South Dakota – 67 percent
Please note these places may still be largely in winter and have nothing better to do.
60 percent of Americans have already responded as per April 6
Arizona falls into the 51 to 60 percent participation rate
Tucson participation ranges from 45 percent to 62 percent, depending on the areaSee Tucson participation census map at 2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/
Please also note: Yes, I was truly disappointed with the census, but other parts of this piece use sarcasm.
What do you think?
Were you expecting more excitement from the census?
Did you send yours back or are you going to throw it away?
What fun facts would you like to know about your fellow Americans?
What would make the census more exciting?