A Million Children Didn’t Show Up in the U.S. 2010 Census. How Many Will Be Missing In 2020?

An article by Anna Maria Barry-Jester in the FiveThirtyEight web site points out the inaccuracies on the U.S. Census effort. The 2010 census reportedly undercounted the population and the Census Bureau is now in disarray, probably indicating there will be bigger problems with the next census in 2020. Due to funding constraints, it has abandoned pre-census research in West Virginia and Washington state that was meant to check the integrity of parts of its survey process.

Of course, money is a major problem. Nearly $700 billion in federal money is at stake. The results will decide how we apportion congressional representation.

You can read the story at http://53eig.ht/2prXJjJ.

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How much money has been wasted by trying to use the latest and greatest technology when simple methods may be more practical? The KISS method quite often works better.

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The census has been abused all of my adult life with questions being asked that the government had no business asking. This has lead to all kinds of people avoiding it. Factor in bottom of the barrel census workers that don’t care or increasingly have a political agenda and you now have a census that is worthless or at best a guide.

Add to that the practice of “imputation” where a household that “can’t be contacted” has their data filled in using a method that is nothing more than “best guess”. Genealogist are going to eventually find that the go-to primary record that has been the basis of most genealogical research is second rate or in some cases useless.

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Why don’t we just make up the census?
We could ask if the person feels like he is a citizen?
How do we determine the sex of the person? Would it depend on how the person feels that day? Will we need 10 – 20 categories?
Will the census takers have to go to school to be able to use the correct pronoun?
Should we fix reason firmly in her seat?

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