Re: 2000 Census #galicia

Plutsk <plutsk@...>

Although I am a genealogist too, we cannot expect that the debate swirling
around the decennial census will be steered by genealogical considerations.
The purpose of the census -- toward which many millions of tax dollars are
spent, and through which billions of Federal dollars are allocated -- is
basically to apportion the Congress among the States. This requires only a
head count.

The debate concerns whether the population determination is legally and
appropriately made using statistical techniques to augment the head count, or
whether only the count itself is proper. The specific pieces of information
collected are very much secondary, and are not at all central to the current

Steve GOLD
Detroit area

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