Will You Count Your Kids in the US Census?

“[An] Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.” ~The US Constitution

So this is it: 2010, the year of the census. Now, being a conservative libertarian (this is a pretty good definition), I admittedly have a few issues with the intrusiveness of the Federal Census in its current form.  I don’t see why I should tell the Government whether I own my home, my level of education, what race I am, my political ideology, how much money I make (well, I already do that in my income tax- which I have issues with as well), or what my favorite color is.  I don’t want them sitting up there on Capitol Hill, figuring out what to do “for” me (read: control) I just want the freedom to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  And I want the freedom to choose to give my time and money to help others in need.

BUT… The census IS required by the US Constitution in order to make an accurate count of our population. And that includes kids, as well.  Many parents may not realize the importance of accurately reporting the number of children in their family, including newborns. The truth is that the undercount of children means that we do not get a true picture of our nation and our communities do not get their rightful share of public funds.  Whatever my view of how these public funds should be spent, the fact is, they’re there, and we need to make sure the process is fair.

Why Children Count Too

Children have been undercounted in every census since the first one in 1790. Local communities rely on census information in planning for schools, child care, health and other critical services. And as a conservative libertarian, I believe the local community is the life-blood of our country.  The states and local municipalities are also the entities that have the greatest allocation of powers, according to the Constitution.

So even though the census is taken by the Federal Govt, the data is used extensively by the states for planning, as well as delineating Congressional Districts.  Census counts are used, in whole or in part, for more than 140 programs that distribute more than $400 billion of federal funds to states and localities, including such child-focused programs as:

* Special Education Grants to states ($10.8 billion)
* Head Start ($6.9 billion)
* State Children’s Health Insurance Program ($5.9 billion)
* Foster Care Title IV-E ($4.7 billion)
* Improving Teacher Quality State Grants ($2.9 billion)

Do I fully support the ways these all of these programs are administered? Maybe not, but I still want to provide an accurate count of US Citizenry on the census, so that means counting my kids as well.

Will you include your kids on the Census this year?  What are your thoughts on it? (even if you don’t agree with me)

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About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)

Comments

  1. We are pretty much on the same page. The amount of federal funding available to communities is dependent on an accurate census…so for all the reasons I would prefer not to participate I still will. Thanks for writing your take on this!
    .-= Melissa Multitasking Mama´s last blog ..Fleeting Moments =-.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
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    Thanks for commenting Melissa! I overthink these things sometimes, but it’s good to always check what we’re doing with the Constitution in my opinion. Love ya!

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  2. Catherine B
    Twitter: shoeboxdaily
    says:

    I agree with you on all these points. I am not a huge fan of the census but realize its place in our country. I will count my kids for accuracy. Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Catherine B´s last blog ..Letting go… =-.

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  3. Sarah, A point I don’t think I saw was the fact that the data itself, personal data that you supply, is kept locked away for 72 years before it’s released to the public, and then when it’s released, it’s mainly going to be of value to your great grandchildren and grandchildren. Not even the president can get to the specific data that you supply. I’m serving as the Complete Count Committee Chairman in Balch Springs, TX and want to thank you for emphasizing the importance of completing the document fully and accurately. They’ve also worked hard this go around to shorten the list of questions and I’m told it’s one of the shortest forms ever. If you or others in your area would like to be involved, the Census Bureau has a Complete Count Committee for your locale that would be excited to work with you about further emphasizing the importance of this year’s Census and identifying what are going to be “Hard to Count” areas. I, too, have written about this on my blog on http://www.daddyclaxton.com.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    That’s cool, Donny! I definitely think it’s important to get an accurate count of our citizens. I am really glad that they have shortened the form, and I heard that after I wrote this. (I probably should add that in.)

    That’s interesting that the president doesn’t have access to the information. If I give out information, though, I’m going to assume it’s public. I’m glad to know there are good, trustworthy people like you working with the census, though!

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  4. My 18yos is interested in getting a job a a poll taker. I’m a bit worried about it. He’s worked on a political campaign before, going door to door, so he says he feels safe about it.

    Okay, I totally did not contribute to your discussion in any way, this is just the top thing on my mind concerning the census right now! 🙂
    .-= Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home´s last blog ..Images from my girlfriends’ weekend in the mountains (and why I will never lose weight on one) =-.

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