Numbers are the Enemy

in Government, Humor, Stats Canada

NB: It behooves me to point out that this is a Sarcastic Rant by me, I in no way condone or agree with the concept of hiding data to make folks happy (or the Census limiting law, or limiting Stats Canada either), I have a Math degree, I love numbers!

Under the class of: You just can’t Make This Crap Up; we find in the U.S. a  Republican Senator who believe that the U.S. Census is far too invasive and they want it changed. There is a segment of the U.S. population that seems to think that the Census is actually the Government attempting to start a dictatorship (evidently that is where Hitler started (and yes, that is my first Hitler reference this year)).

All Those Who Agree I have a Hat for You too!

All Those Who Agree I have a Hat for You too!

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) is introducing a bill that will basically allow the Census bureau to ONLY count our U.S. cousins every 10 years, and that is about it. The Census Reform Act (please go read it), will only allow:

22 (3) may only conduct the decennial census of
23        population, as authorized under section 141 of title
24       13, United States Code.

This means that there will be no more collection of economic data like the GDP, or Unemployment. What might be seen as an astounding piece of short-sighted cost cutting, could end up being a brilliant maneuver  If the public has no ability to tell whether there is unemployment or problems with the GDP it’s a great day EVERY day!

If Canada followed suit and shut down Stats Canada the same way, think how great the news would be. No more nasty news about Inflation or Unemployment, the Bank of Canada would keep interest rates at Zero (or lower), and everyone would seem to have a job (since we wouldn’t know otherwise).

The crazy thing is I’ll bet that a bunch of Politicians who might think this was a great idea. Either that or simply make Spreadsheets and Questionnaires illegal?  Outlaw accountants? Any other ill-advised measures I am missing?

Luckily the Republicans are thinking about Stop Being the Stupid Party.

{ 4 comments }

  • LifeInsuranceCanada.com May 2, 2013, 3:20 PM

    >>>>>Harper is an American Republican or a robot from the Yule Brynner classic Westworld (hair that doesn’t move and lips that are just a little too pink are the giveaway).

    All very important measures of a politician.

    Reply
    • bigcajunman May 2, 2013, 4:28 PM

      Indeed, as long as he listens to his evil overlords we are OK, it’s when the robot has it’s own ideas that we have problems.

      Reply
  • krantcents May 2, 2013, 12:26 PM

    One aspect of an open society is anyone no matter how foolish can say what they want. Luckily, it takes a number of people to pass bills and laws in the U.S.

    Reply
  • Jane Savers @ Solving The Money Puzzle May 2, 2013, 7:03 AM

    PM Harper wants to eliminate the long form census and just have the short form to save costs and eliminate the pesky details. Harper is an American Republican or a robot from the Yule Brynner classic Westworld (hair that doesn’t move and lips that are just a little too pink are the giveaway).

    Reply

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