With the 2010 census just around the corner, the federal government is ramping up its propaganda campaign to get people to fill it out.
One ad on a local radio station paints a grim scenario. A town has a couple traffic lights. A bunch of people move in. But they don't fill out the census! Pretty soon, traffic is gridlocked everywhere, but because people didn't fill out the census, the government doesn't know to put up more traffic lights. Oh, no!
How dumb do they think we are? Putting up a traffic light is a decision a local government makes based on studies of traffic volumes. (Measured by those black strips you sometimes see strung across the road.) The census has nothing to do with it. The idea that nobody would notice gridlock without the census is insulting. Do traffic lights only get put up in years divisible by ten?
If filling out the census is so important, can the government come up with a reason that isn't a lie?