Census ads wasteful
Mar 16, 2010 | 11006 views | 0 0 comments | 245 245 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Letters Editor:

While "For Chamber, 2010 census is serious biz" (Holly Tsang- March 11) made sense, other expenditures by the U.S. Census Bureau did not. Consider while the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl, taxpayers lost. There are higher priorities than the Census Bureau paying $2.5 million dollars for Super Bowl Spots.

Even worse is the expenditure of $133 million ad campaign. The IRS can inform citizens about the 2010 census by including information in tax forms and tax returns. Members of Congress can do likewise with their numerous mailings at taxpayers expenses which reach virtually everyone.

Every elected official on the village, town, county, city and state level is already promoting participation in the census by their constituents. Enlightened newspaper editorial boards like yours spread the word free of charge. They all know how it impacts future Congressional representation and distribution of federal aid.

Every year, how many other city, state and federal government agencies combined waste several billion dollars of taxpayers monies for so called "public service" ads?

Uncle Sam's deficit has increased by $1.75 trillion last year. It will increase an additional $1.8 trillion this year. Common sense tells me there are better ways to spend $133 million dollars. With wasteful expenditures like this, no wonder the Taxpayers Tea Party revolt is growing.


Larry Penner

Great Neck
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