Got my census form today.

I have one question:

On Census question number 4, first they ask for age of as of April 1, then immediately for date of birth.

The question is: 

Are employees of the US government too stupid to subtract the birth date from April 1, 2010 to come up with an age? 

Or are they just too lazy and basic math is simply too much work to expect a federal employee to do in order to earn the salary and benefits that are some 36% higher than their private sector counterparts?

Inquiring minds want to know.


7 thoughts on “Census

  1. Worse still, you know they have to enter all of that data into a computer, yet they couldn't be bothered to have the software do that math.

  2. Doesn't matter. It's a none-ya question, as in, "It's none-ya business".
    The only legal requirement for the census is your address (and they should have that already. It got to you, didn't it?), and the number of people residing therein at the time.

    Ages, names, occupations, incomes, number of bathrooms: all intrusive and none-of-their-business!

    B Woodman

  3. They already have ALL the information they're asking for; it's on the income tax returns.

    And B Woodman is correct.

  4. I hadn't seen that post, thank you, but I'd pretty much reached the same conclusion.

    Although I don't think anyone should be legally liable for refusing to answer intrusive questions, current interpretation is that the Constitution gives broad latitude in determining what should be in the Census.

    I don't really feel strongly enough about it to become the test case, and I don't really want them bugging me for the next six months, so I answered the questions.

    I did put "American" under race because that's how I identify myself. If they have a problem with that, they can just come arrest me because as far as I'm concerned that is a legitimate answer.

    I have too mixed an ancestry for anyone to say that I'm any particular race and trying to conveniently pigeonhole me into some arbitrary category is offensive to me.

  5. Race, yes, race me to the finish line, since I am old I will be behind you.

    Haven't gotten mine yet, but I did get the notice that I would get mine, and to fill it out and return it. Now if the other almost government agency would deliver it, I would return it.

  6. It's not so much that the census people are stupid, but that they presume that the people filling out the forms are. This duplication of information entry is a standard error-checking trick.

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