Why not to fill out your census form

March 18, 2010

I'm not part of the black helicopter crowd. I don't think the census will be used to track my movements or steal my DNA. Still, I don't see any advantage in filling out the form and returning it.

My county knows who and where I am, and I trust that locally my family is accounted for. I religiously pay my taxes, so someone somewhere knows I exist.

I don't want the federal government spending any more money on my behalf. I don't want them to spend money on my census form, I don't want them to pay people to come to my house, I don't want them to pay someone to tabulate the data from my form. I don't want them to allocate any more federal dollars to the state of Maryland due to my existence. I don't want them burdening my children with any more debt.

The state of Maryland exists as it does due only to our proximity to the high paying jobs of the federal government. If not for that, the entirety of our one-party dominated anti-business state would be wallowing in filth, crime and food stamps. We consistently rank at the bottom of business-friendly states. We have no idea how to sustain ourselves without jobs and assistance from the federal government. I want no part in that.

It's also obvious to me that Maryland's congressional representatives are the worst in the nation. They are predictable liberals with no new ideas and no good ideas, whose only mission appears to be to sustain their employment while passing their bills along to our children. Are we expected to work toward increasing the ranks of those who ignore our concerns and economically assault our children on a daily basis?

I see no benefit to filling out the census. I don't want more Maryland representation in Congress, I want less. From my vantage point, my only two options are to throw the form in the trash, or fill it out and say that I live in Texas.

Michael P. DeCicco, Severn

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