How much does it cost the government to count heads? According to Jason Gauthier's 2002 study entitled "Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000," the cost to perform the census has risen over the decades at a rate staggeringly higher than the rate of the growth of the population itself. What does this mean? Simply put, that bureaucracy is obese, says Opelka. For example: The census cost was a little more than 60 cents per person in 1950 ($91.4 million). It is projected to cost nearly $47 per person in 2010 ($14.5 billion), a whopping 7,822 percent increase in cost per person. During the same time, the population rose by 100 percent (i.e., doubled) from 150 million to over 300 million. But the overall cost of counting it (the census) rose by 15,800 percent. Runaway Census Cost Is Frightening Preview of True Obamacare Price Tag - Big Government Now, let's move to healthcare... Remember way back when President Obama assured that a) he wouldn't sign a bil that cost over $ trillion? and b) wouldn't pay for itself? Since he is far from a fool, why did he claim these criteria, as he must have been aware of the bureaucratic bloat as exemplified in the article above? He knew that neither were true. So, do ya' think that the political right was...right? A simple strategy to increase the size of government, and the 'easily-herded' just fell into lockstep. Could be?