August 11, 2010, - 12:19 pm

Will They Refund the Census Excess? Dream On

By Debbie Schlussel

While most of you long ago turned in your U.S. Census forms, several readers have contacted me about the American Community Survey (ACS), which they or relatives received.  It’s a much longer, very intrusive questionnaire.  And I’ve advised people to just fill out their name address and the number of residents in their house.  Anything further is beyond the purview of the Census, and it would make for an interesting court challenge for the government to try to require participation in the ACS.  In fact, I’d be interested in taking such a case and representing someone, should the government try to take any action to compel participation in this nosy ream of paper.

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But, even with the ACS, because of techonology, enhanced use of digital tracking of Census forms, and increased voluntary participation, the U.S. Census Bureau’s costs will be $1.6 billion less than the $14.7 billion budgeted by the federal government.

So, where will the excess money go?  Will they refund it to American taxpayers?  Ha.  Dream on.  You know how the government works.  Once they have your money, they never give it back.  It will probably be paid to Census Director Robert Groves and his top employees in the form of bonuses.  Yup, they get bonuses, while the rest of the country–the private sector–is suffering.  And, don’t worry, Groves and his minions are busy building the case for even more money from the feds, citing “rising costs and advertising.”  You know–the wasteful $340 million the Census Bureau spent on advertising.

More of your government tax dollars at work.

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12 Responses

The whole program was a sham. All it did was provide another form of welfare and temporarily lower the unemployment numbers. Now what are these currently unemployed people going to do? They will just find another form of welfare to latch onto, provided by our pitiful excuse of a President.

Jarhead on August 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I worked for the feds for over 21 years.

Budget dollars NEVER were returned. There ALWAYS was some way to either spend the money or transfer it somewhere else.

Sam Adams on August 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm

We will never see that money again. BHO is going to use it to pay for the rest of his and the First Beotch’s extravagant trips. He’s almost got it covered now.

Jarhead on August 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Yeah I am not sure why we had to spend so much on advertising slogans and commercials. The advertisements actually made me distrust the motive for the census. Private advertisers buy ads to get money from selling their products. It made me wonder about the real motive of the census; other than getting a “picture of the country” or whatever the slogan was exactly.

Ryan on August 11, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I had to fill out the long census when Bush (the sequel) was in office. No where was it mentioned, even then, that I could get money for this!

Sange on August 11, 2010 at 3:51 pm

If there was going to be refund it wouldn’t go to us. It would go to failed social programs that don’t work.

CaliforniaScreaming on August 11, 2010 at 4:29 pm

As far as filing out the ACS DS is correct in that you do NOT have to answer it past name & occupants. It is not part of the ten year required census if you have already filled out the short form or been questioned by a census worker. There was an article at a MSM website that discussed the ACS and not required to be filled out if short census form is already done. But just filling out your name and household numbers is acceptable. The CB doesn’t have time to run down ACS forms.

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Keith on August 11, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Doubt we’ll see it go towards the debt;just like who knows what happened to the rest of the unspent TARP $$??

freedom4usa on August 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Hey guys, y’all, actually we, have a National Debt of over a Trillion dollars! Divide that 1.6 bil by 300,000,000 and you know what y/our refund would be? $5.30. If I missed a zero, $53. However 1.6 bil would be a nice payment against the Debt so we should all be demanding it goes into that bucket. Well, we can dream.

mk750 on August 12, 2010 at 7:35 am

I have worked for some smaller companies, and the thought is that if you come in under budget, your department won’t get that amount the next time. So spend it on anything you can.

Moral- we will never see that money again.

colt13 on August 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm

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