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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Census Vs. Taxes

The GOP is freaking out that people in record numbers are not filling out their census forms because of mistrust or anger directed towards the government. While I am not pleased with the government right now, I did fill out my census forms and get them mailed in. It is our duty to stand up and be counted so that we are fairly represented in Congress.
The Census comes out every ten years. This tradition goes back to the earliest days of America where it took a while to collect and process the data and make it available for use. We've come a long way since then, and the country can change just as quickly today as it did 200 years ago, so here's a point to consider: Why a period of ten years?
We live in a highly technological age where data can be processed quickly and efficiently. What is stopping us (other than money) from making the Census a yearly event? Consider this. The Census asks the same basic information that is asked on your tax forms that you file yearly. Perhaps a little more in-depth, but it's already there.
The advantages:
  1. All TAXPAYERS are represented. A while back, only land owners could vote. They were the only ones who had a say. Today, most everyone who is a citizen of the United States and is required to pay taxes should have the right to be counted. We should not be counting those who are living in the United States illegally.
  2. Families of TAXPAYERS are represented.
  3. Illegal Aliens and other non-citizens are not counted. I am not against immigration. I am all for people who want to come to the United States on a work visa or some other study program, or who want to immigrate here to try and take claim to the American dream. I am against those who come here illiegally to steal jobs from Americans and then send our money back to their home countrys.
  4. Data collection is placed in the hands of organizations that do not have a political agenda and offer safeguards to information. Honestly, who would you rather give your personal information to: H&R Block or ACORN?
Taking and inventory of American taxpayers on a yearly basis would allow us to more adequately and efficiently allocate taxpayer funds, and make can serve to make representation in the House of Representatives more realistic. Why should district lines be drawn every ten years? What would be wrong with determining the district lines & seats every 2 years?

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