Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Robert M. Groves
Director, U.S. Census Bureau
Dear Mr. Groves,
As I’m sure you are aware, I received your letter, attached, below, warning me that in roughly one week I will be receiving my 2010 US Census form in the mail and emphasizing the importance of filling it out.
First, let me say that, while I appreciate the alert to forthcoming mail, I was a little surprised to receive your correspondence without any previous notice of any kind. Certainly you must agree that any communication as important as warning me of future communication should be suitably handled and, by your own standards, that includes advance notice.
And it is not simply the shock of opening mail from the Federal Government without already knowing what is in it that concerns me; it is jobs. As you are aware, our President is focused on creating jobs for our nation and one of the ways this is done is by spending government funds on things that employ people! People who manufacture paper and ink, who print, handle and deliver mail, for instance. And while it may seem like a small thing to you, the production and distribution of several hundred million letters warning people that your letter warning people of the future mailing would have created a lot of work for employment-starved Americans.
I am sure this is an oversight on your part. But let me suggest a way you can repair the damage. I would like to propose a new Government program: CASH FOR CORRESPONDENCE. The idea would be that people could go to a local US Post Office and return this recent letter from you in return for a replacement letter warning them that another letter would soon arrive telling them that their Census form is coming. In return, each participant in the program could receive a free US Postage Stamp. The old letter could be sent to China for recycling. You could reimburse the local Offices in cash, in return for their filing of paperwork that documents the name, address, race and family size of each of those participants. Think Jobs.
Thank you for your consideration of my suggestions. Just doing my patriotic duty. Unlike many, I am an optimist on the economy! Government is clearly the solution. Can we make work?
YES WE CAN!