From: Michael Hardy
To: Dan Ceppa
Date: Jan 30 1996 8:40:00 pm
Subject: census
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-=> Quoting Dan Ceppa to Michael Hardy <=-

DC> They were far bigger on profit, which your census would destroy,
DC> due to its disruption of the normal course of business.

MH> How would it disrupt the normal course of business? Many people did
MH> not leave their hometowns in those days, and so would not have to

DC> That's just the point, Mikey.  There is no good reason to justify
DC> making those that were not living in their place of birth to
DC> travel there.  It makes absolutely no sense, either economically
DC> nor politically to record only where the person came from.  The
DC> census would only make sense in knowing where those people
DC> currently were living.

And the registration probably required them to say where. But in an age
before modern communications, when records couldn't be sent somewhere
via a computer, when there were no social security numbers, the easiest
way to keep track of records would be to keep them in the place where
you were registered at birth, and have you come back periodically to
update them.

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