The purpose of the census is NOT to decide where the government should send various goods and services. The census is to determine which how many representatives each state gets (Article 1 Section 2 of the US Constitution). When the constitution was written and the census implemented, the federal government didn't provide ANY services except for defense & foreign relations.
The notion of using the census to allocate resources is how the Soviet Union ran things into the ground. The government doesn't tell grocers how much food to put on their shelves and that gets there fine. Same with cars, gasoline, clothing, etc.
In fact - the services that are provided by the government (or government backed monopolies like the Postal Service) are far less efficient in their services than the free market.
It is disgraceful that our nations leaders view themselves as the anointed to determine who gets what. That is what the census ads portray - and it goes beyond just ads. The 2010 Census web site displays the same ignorance.
At the Washington Post, if it misleads, it leads
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