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Monday, February 8, 2010

Census Bureau Will Create Temporary Jobs

“While Washington legislators debate what role the government should play in job creation this year, the government itself is poised to go on a major hiring spree this spring. That is because of the granddaddy of all government programs — the census, a house-by-house head count of the population conducted every 10 years since 1790. The Census Bureau is starting to hire 1.4 million people to man offices and go door to door collecting information about everything from household income to health status.” (Washington Times, Monday)

But they won’t be producing things we want.

FEE Timely Classic
“The Census: Inquiring Minds Want to Know a Lot” by Lawrence W. Reed

  • Sheldon Richman is the former editor of The Freeman and a contributor to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families and thousands of articles.