Why does the cost of the census go up so much every decade? Well, the population is larger each time, of course, but not by nearly enough to explain the huge increases in cost. A big part of the reason is probably that rising public resistance to participating. And why is that happening? Well, a big chunk of the population is just paranoid about government, but even those who are not are naturally resentful of the ever-increasing intrusiveness of the census questions. It wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of the non-Constitutionally-mandated data collected over the last few decades is inaccurate, given the natural tendency of people to put false answers on their forms out of sheer annoyance.
Unlikely as it is, I’d like to see the Democrats make an issue of this for the coming election.