Tuesday, March 9

This is why government costs so much, Part Two

We received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau yesterday.
We were thus duly informed that we would soon be receiving a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau. May I assume that maybe 200 million such letters were delivered?

If the total cost per letter - labor, materials, delivery - is only a dime, the net cost would be 20 million dollars. I'm of the opinion that it's more likely that each letter costs 35 cents, or 70 million bucks. Jeez.

Thus spake the rabbit.


tom said...

Sadly, the government doesn't get it. While I'm positive the U.S. Postal Service was highly appreciative of the mailing, us taxpayers are less so. I watched two census workers canvas our neighborhood, and all I can say is rarely in my life have I seen adults walk slower. Paid by the hour!

Applecart T. said...

i hear on salon.com or slate.com (hmm) that the last time they did a pre-letter, it increased responses by 6%, which, in turn, decreased the # of $13/hr people also getting mileage driving around to stop at people's houses to do the forms in person with them.
thus spake the parakeet (who liked the letter b/c it had several languages on it that presumed one had internet access to go and "learn more." : )

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