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)).
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.