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    edwardssl, Keith930

    stuff the past couple of years, I can tell you I have discovered all sorts of fascinating things about the all too numerous relatives I never knew.

    And since most of the relatives I did know didn't have the type of info the Census gathered about their own parents and grandparents, etc., there is just no way I would have ever had access to the info.

    I, too, was astonished by the almost complete uselessness of the last census questions.

    I knew people who worked on the 2000 census. In fact, it was a source of employment at that time for a lot of folks who were hurting then.

    This time, nobody I knew worked the census. Nobody. And it didn't seem like very many did nationally. Frankly, I had serious doubts that they counted all the people-- doubts which were validated by stories here about NY, for instance: and whole apartment complexes that didn't even get forms.

    And don't think a lot of that wasn't on purpose. The moles were in place well before Obama was elected to make sure there were undercounts in major urban areas.

    The spin, however, was that the Republicans, like Bachmann, had scared conservative R's off returning their forms, so THEY would get undercounted and lose reps. The fact was, the minority populations are ALWAYS undercounted.

    After all, if they "aren't there," you don't need a rep for them, now do you.... ?

    I must be dreaming...

    by murphy on Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 01:09:03 PM PST

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