Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Do it, or else
Don't you just love mail that comes with a threatening message printed right on the outside of the envelope? YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW.
What was my reaction? "Oh, yeah?"
Thanks to the extraordinary expense of last week's pre-mailing, probably everybody was expecting mail this week from the U.S. Census Bureau.
What will the Census Bureau (part of our kinder, friendlier government) do, if I don't respond?
First of all, they don't even know whether I actually received the mailing, do they? Maybe I found this empty envelope blowing down my driveway.
The Census Bureau didn't send it by Certified Mail with a Return Receipt requested, so if armed Federal agents come to my door, I'll just say, "What Census form?"
Remember, "anything you say, can and will be used against you in a court of law"! So the best advice is the direction that comes just before that one. Remember it? "You have the right to remain silent."
They might have said on the envelope: "Please complete and return within five days."