Act Now to Save the 2020 Census

An article by Diane W. Schanzenbach and Michael R. Strain in the Bloomberg News web site describes the risk of the 2020 US census not being taken, as required by the Constitution. The article blames “Bad budget planning and a lack of leadership threaten the most basic mission of government” as the primary cause of the problems.

The article also states, ““You may have missed the news that the head of the Census Bureau, John Thompson, resigned a few months ago. In normal circumstances, the departure of a government statistician would not be worth highlighting. But Thompson’s departure adds to the growing uncertainty surrounding the success of the 2020 decennial census. About that, you should worry.”

NOTE: I wrote about the sudden resignation of the head of the Census Bureau, John Thompson, at the time he resigned in an earlier newsletter article at: http://bit.ly/2uAbHl7. You might want to read that article first for the background information it provides.

The US Constitution requires the United States government to conduct a census every 10 years to determine how many seats each state will have in the House of Representatives.

You can read more in the article by Diane W. Schanzenbach and Michael R. Strain in the Bloomberg News web site at: https://bloom.bg/2vsHNlF.

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I have read this article previously and despite the heading ‘Act Now’ there are no instructions on how to act. Please advise.

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    —>I have read this article previously and despite the heading ‘Act Now’ there are no instructions on how to act. Please advise.

    The article by Diane W. Schanzenbach and Michael R. Strain states, “Nonetheless, Congress appropriated $122 million less than required for 2017, and the president’s budget proposes an additional shortfall of $112 million in 2018.”

    It also states, “Not only does the Census Bureau need an adequate budget; in the wake of the director’s departure, it also urgently needs a strong leader to guide the process.”

    Finally, it states, “There’s no time to waste. The Trump administration should immediately nominate a new director, and Senate Democrats need to allow for the nominee’s quick confirmation.”

    As with most problems in the Federal government, letters and phone calls to your representatives, Senators, and to the White House are the best solution.

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Hmmmm…no census, no phone directories, gender choosing, children birthed by non-marrying parents…the future of genealogy looking bleak.

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    Whazzup is that they haven’t said for sure that there will be no census ~ there ARE still printed phone directories AS WELL AS Internet white and yellow pages ~ gender choosing? (you REALLY need to educate yourself on this, so say no more) ~ oh yes, and children birthed by non-marrying parents? (birth certs are still issued on babies whose mothers haven’t married and most, if not all, carry the fathers’ name) If you haven’t been paying attention for all of your 100 years on this planet, women have been having babies out-of-wedlock since humans were introduced to terra firma.

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Sadly, I have decided to lock comments on this article. The comments here degenerated into political comments concerning the current occupant of the White House and most of those comments had nothing to do with the status of the 2020 census. In other words, the comments had “drifted off topic.”

Unfortunately, the future of the US Census (a MANDATORY requirement of the US Constitution) is affected by today’s politics. However, most of the recent comments posted here had nothing to do with the census.

I do believe there are many critical political issues facing Americans these days and they should be discussed and analyzed by all citizens. However, I will suggest that a genealogy-oriented discussion board is not the appropriate place for those discussions. There are better places to discuss the current upheaval in politics.

I suggest you post your comments in the political discussion forums as well as in-person discussions with your friends, neighbors, and with others. Also, please let your views be known by letters and phone calls to your elected representatives and to the White House.

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