Tampering with the Census

President Barack Obama is evidently making a bold attempt to politicize the decennial census, in an effort to manipulate the boundaries of congressional districts and guarantee a permanent Democrat majority in the Congress.  In other words, he is paving the way for someone else to engage in gerrymandering.



Constitutional Topic:  The Census.  The Constitution includes the phrase "[An] Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct."  Congress first met in 1789, and the first national census was held in 1790.

The Census and the Constitution.  The Census Bureau estimates that the life cycle cost of the 2010 Census will be from $13.7 billion to $14.5 billion, making it the costliest census in the nation's history.  Suppose you suggest to a congressman that given our budget crisis, we could save some money by dispensing with the 2010 census.  I guarantee you that he'll say something along the lines that the Constitution mandates a decennial counting of the American people and he would be absolutely right.

Census to give cheaters summer (tough) lovin'.  Sources tell me the Bureau of Labor Statistics is forcing the Census Bureau to change the way it fact-checks the surveys that produce some of the most important economic statistics compiled by the government.  And that tells me the Labor Department must believe there are substantial irregularities in the numbers.  I think it's well past the time the Labor Department owns up to the fact that its surveys have been corrupted by manipulation.  Now it needs to determine how far back this problem goes.

Census e-mail mystery goes 1,600 pages deep.  Just two days after I asked readers to contact the Commerce Department about a bunch of e-mails that were promised to me months ago — but never delivered — I got a surprise.  About a thousand pages of e-mails from the Census Bureau arrived electronically.  And one series of e-mails, written right before the last presidential election, piqued my curiosity.

Fraud runs rampant in Census Bureau.  There's a pattern of falsifying statistics throughout the entire Census Bureau.  And anyone who attempts to blow the whistle on the fraud is either retaliated against or ignored, according to two new sources who have experienced the process firsthand.  As I've been writing for more than six months, the Census Bureau office in Philadelphia uncovered a case of fraud in 2010, did nothing about it and allowed the practice to continue.  In that instance, a data collector named Julius Buckmon was faking reports that went into the nation's all-important jobless tally and consumer-inflation survey.

Obamacare: Sicker than we thought.  ## And the Census Bureau, which the Obama administration hijacked and dragged into the White House, making it potentially a house organ, like MSNBC, has announced that it's changing the way it questions folks about their health insurance status.  That means, no matter the reality, Census Bureau statistics will show a drop in the number of uninsured.  "We are expecting much lower numbers just because of the questions and how they are asked," Brett J. O'Hara, chief of the health statistics branch at the Census Bureau, told the New York Times.

Yet Another Crazy Conservative Conspiracy Theory Proven Correct.  In 2009, in the earliest weeks of President Barack Obama's administration, the White House made the controversial decision to take the unprecedented step of moving the Census Bureau from control of the commerce secretary over to the White House ahead of the decennial 2010 census. [...] The White House dismissed the concerns of conservatives which were, indeed, unfounded insofar as they related to the 2010 census.  But the fears of some that the Census Bureau could be corrupted by the imperatives of the political operatives in the White House was today proven accurate.

Census Survey Revisions Mask Health Law Effects.  The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama's health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.

Bureau secrets: 'Censusgate' e-mails fail the smell test.  What is the Census Bureau hiding?  Census, which is under investigation by several government agencies and by Congress, is refusing to turn over an estimated 1,900 e-mails and text messages between a regional supervisor in its Philadelphia office, where falsification of unemployment data took place, and a colleague in its Chicago region, whom a source has identified as the supervisor's mentor and confidant.

Is Obama Cooking the Census Books for Obamacare?  For several months now, whenever the topic of enrollment in the Affordable Care Act came up, I've been saying that it was too soon to tell its ultimate effects.  We don't know how many people have paid for their new insurance policies, or how many of those who bought policies were previously uninsured.  For that, I said, we will have to wait for Census Bureau data, which offer the best assessment of the insurance status of the whole population.  Other surveys are available, but the samples are smaller, so they're not as good; the census is the gold standard.  Unfortunately, as I invariably noted, these data won't be available until 2015.  I stand corrected:  These data won't be available at all.  Ever.

New Census Questions Will Change ObamaCare Findings; Networks Ignore.  New Census questions will change the findings on the impact of ObamaCare, reported the New York Times on Tuesday.  The broadcast networks ignored this new report on the Tuesday evening newscasts, however.  In fact, a census official told the Times they "are expecting much lower numbers" of the uninsured "just because of the questions and how they are asked."  As the Times stated, the Census Bureau "is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama's health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said."

Census may have used fishy numbers until Nov. '13.  [Scroll down]  [Julius] Buckmon was never fired, but he was eased out of the Census Bureau in 2010.  Nobody else in the Philadelphia office of Census was either fired or prosecuted, even though Buckmon alleged in a discrimination case he brought against the bureau in 2010 that he was ordered to falsify surveys by higher-ups.  Because the CPS is a scientific survey, each response counts for about 5,000 households.  Buckmon, I'm told, created more than 100 false surveys a month, which would have produced inaccurate data on the equivalent of 500,000 American households.  The big question today is whether Buckmon — on orders or not — was the only one cheating.  If there were others, in Philly or in any of the other five Census regions, then the jobless rate data in its entirety could be tainted and useless.

Censusgate: When and what did Labor know?  A tipster tried to warn the Labor Department in 2011 that its unemployment statistics were being fabricated by the people at the Census Bureau who compile the data.  But the warning was either missed or ignored by Labor.  That allegedly allowed the data falsification to go on for years.

In England...
New immigration fears as census is scrapped after 200 years.  The national census which attempts to count everyone in the country is to be abolished after more than 200 years, it was announced yesterday.  Ministers hope to save half a billion pounds or more by replacing the 10-yearly census with a less rigorous system of counting national numbers.  But critics warned a cheap census substitute would endanger efforts to keep tabs on the scale of immigration or to learn whether levels of illness are rising or falling.

The census does not enumerate homosexuals.  Most assertions about their numbers are speculative.
The Statistics of Gay Men.  [Scroll down]  Two of the most recent such surveys were by Gary Gates of UCLA's Williams Institute, and Gallup.  Gates took several old phone surveys and did his mumbo-jumbo and came up with an astoundingly precise figure of 2,491,034 gay men.  I shall never forget it, for it's so absurd.  There's no logical or mathematical way that phone surveys over a decade can produce such a figure.

We're from the government and we're here to learn everything about you.  The first census in 1790 asked a bare minimum of questions essential for establishing congressional districts of equal populations. [...] In the 223 years since, the census has spawned an entire federal bureaucracy with tentacles reaching into the farthest hidden crannies of the country.  It asks darkly invasive questions that are unnecessary at best.

Is 'Latino' a race, or an ethnicity?  It long has been assumed by sociologists that Latinos eventually would be redefined as "white" as they joined the mainstream, but the Census Bureau now wants to classify Latinos as their own distinct group in the next census, in 2020.

GOP renews attack on Census survey that asks too many personal questions.  Republicans in the House and Senate are resuming their efforts to take a mandatory Census Bureau survey that they say is overly intrusive, and make it voluntary.  Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) said on the House floor Tuesday [3/12/2013] that he would reintroduce legislation making the Census Bureau's American Community Survey voluntary, after hearing more complaints from constituents that it asks too many personal questions.

The 2010 Census, Obama-Style?  Do you remember when the Obama regime decided that the executive branch would control the 2010 Census?  The U.S. census is conducted every ten years by the Commerce Department in order to count the population of the United States.  The results of the census determine the redrawing of congressional districts.  And the redrawing of congressional districts has an impact on the balance of power in Congress for the next ten years.

Census nonsense.  Unlike some provisions in the Constitution which require reference to outside material, such as the Federalist Papers, to clarify the Framers' intent, the mandate in Article I requiring a decennial census is crystal clear.  Section 2 directs the government to count the number of people within the United States every 10 years, period.  This provision — so straight forward in language and intent — has been twisted into something far different and more troublesome.  Not only has the census become an industry unto itself, employing thousands of workers and bureaucrats at great expense to the American taxpayer, it has morphed into a mechanism for gathering vast amounts of personal information about every man, woman and child in the country.

Police shoot dead a woman standing inside her front door defending against government intrusion!  This family was just fine living in peace until the Census-taker knocked at their door, was turned away and called police.

Bathing, sex habits fair game for Census?  The Rutherford Institute is expanding its fight against the federal government's American Community Survey, a list of privacy-invading questions sent to some 3 million homes every year with instructions that answers must be provided under penalty of law.  The questions ask for details about mortgages, marital histories, bathing habits, utility costs, telephone numbers and other personal issues.

Heads-up on the American Community Survey!  Every ten years we wait for our little census forms to come in the mail so we can help the government count heads. ... However, back in 2002, someone in Congress had the idea to conduct the American Community Survey (ACS), an annual census costing hundreds of millions of dollars.  The survey consists of 16 pages of instructions and 28 pages of questions.  According to the Honorable Bob Barr, Congress has the legal authority to conduct this survey, and it is mandatory to answer the questions or face some very expensive penalties.

Texas Has Had The Best Idea, New Census Data Make Clear.  The Census Bureau released county and city populations for the last of the 50 states from the 2010 census last week, ahead of schedule.  Behind the columns of numbers are many vivid stories of how our nation has been changing — and some lessons for public policy as well.

IT Problems 'May Have Negatively Affected Data Quality' of 2010 Census.  Problems with a Census Bureau computer system known as the Paper-Based Operations Control System (PBOCS) "may have negatively affected data quality" in the 2010 Census, according to a report from the inspector general of the Commerce Department.

Voting with Their Feet.  The latest published data from the 2010 census show how people are moving from place to place within the United States.  In general, people are voting with their feet against places where the liberal, welfare-state policies favored by the intelligentsia are most deeply entrenched.  When you break it down by race and ethnicity, it is all too painfully clear what is happening.  Both whites and blacks are leaving California, the poster state for the liberal, welfare-state and nanny-state philosophy.

Texas Shines Big in the 2010 Census.  The Census Bureau last week released county and city populations for the last of the 50 states from the 2010 Census last week, ahead of schedule. Behind the columns of numbers are many vivid stories of how our nation has been changing — and some lessons for public policy, as well. ... The lesson is that high taxes and strong public employee unions tend to stifle growth and produce a two-tier society like coastal California's.  The eight states with no state income tax grew 18 percent in the last decade.  The other states (including the District of Columbia) grew just 8 percent.

Sounds like life in Cuba, doesn't it?
Census worker won't take no for answer.  The first few requests were tolerable.  A Census Bureau worker would knock on John and Beverly Scott's door and ask them to fill out an American Community Survey.  The McKinley Park couple would politely decline.  But as the days passed, the visits became more frequent and the requests more urgent.  Some evenings, the doorbell would ring at dinnertime, then again at 10 p.m.

California says census missed 1.5 million residents.  If true, the discrepancy could cost the state billions of dollars in federal money and perhaps an additional seat in Congress.  A court battle may be possible.

The Editor says...
Oh yes, "a court battle may be possible" — even if there is no merit to their claim.

Feds suspect California census workers of falsifying count.  Federal investigators have opened multiple inquiries into California census operations, including allegations that some workers felt so much pressure that they cut corners or got things wrong during the crucial population count.  The investigation isn't unique.

2010 Census Is Built on Incomplete and Inaccurate Information.  Last week, Census Bureau Director Robert M. Groves said to Fox News that you can "trust 2010 Census data."  What our director fails to tell us is that the two software applications have operational problems that will ultimately lead to inaccurate data.  Just spend a day working in PBOCS, the Paper-Based Operational Control System which processes enumerator questionnaires from the field, or MARCS, the Matching Address Review Coding System which shows a data capture of every questionnaire that was scanned at the Baltimore Data Capture Center and you will see the poor quality of work.

Census Officials in New York Instructed Workers to Falsify Questionnaires.  The Commerce Department's Inspector General has confirmed whistleblower allegations that management at a local Census office in Brooklyn, N.Y., "directed employees to falsify Census questionnaires during" the decennial count's largest and most expensive operation known as Non-response Follow-Up.

Census worker taken to court for trespassing.  The case is now in federal court, the latest example of disputes this year between Census workers and residents who don't want to deal with them.

Census Director Admits 'We May Have Duplicates'.  U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves told CNSNews.com on Wednesday [7/7/2010] that the Census has "no way, unfortunately, of knowing" whether or not homeless individuals were counted twice, and added, "we may have duplicates."

Census Says It Hired More Workers Than It Needed As a 'Cost-Saving Measure'.  The U.S. Census purposefully hired more workers than it needed, telling the Office of the Inspector General of the Commerce Department that it did so as a "cost-saving measure," according to a memorandum that Todd J. Zinser of the inspector general's office sent to Census Bureau Director Robert Groves last week.

In England:
National census to be axed after 200 years.  Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, said the Census, which takes place every 10 years, was an expensive and inaccurate way of measuring the number of people in Britain.  Instead, the Government is examining different and cheaper ways to count the population more regularly, using existing public and private databases, including credit reference agencies.

Suspected Fraud Forces Census Bureau to Review 10,000 Questionnaires.  The U.S. Census Bureau is reviewing 10,000 questionnaires after two managers in a New York field office allegedly forged household interviews in an attempt to meet a deadline — the latest incident of alleged census fraud that has prompted at least two federal lawmakers to call for an investigation.

Two Census Bureau managers fired for creating at least 10,000 bogus questionnaires.  Two Census Bureau managers from a Brooklyn field office were fired after their bosses found they faked household surveys to meet deadlines, the [New York] Daily News learned.  Instead of pounding the pavement and knocking on doors, the corner-cutting people-counters mined the phone book and Internet to make up answers to questionnaires, regional director Tony Farthing said.

Report:  Census workers cheating, possibly breaking laws.  Temporary Census workers may have violated the law by disclosing resident information to websites to track down respondents, according to a new report from the Commerce Departments Office of Inspector General.  Under Title 13 of the United States Code, "individuals may be fined up to $5,000 and imprisoned not more than 5 years for disclosing Census Bureau data," something they may have been doing if they inputted Census information into search engines.

Is 2010 Census Counting Homeless People Twice?  On the last three days of March, teams of temporary Census Bureau workers visited the types of places, including what the bureau calls "targeted non-sheltered outdoor locations", where homeless people are known to congregate.  These workers were carrying out the "Service-Based Enumeration" phase of the Census, which counts the nation's homeless population.  The bureau gave these workers two instructions that seemed peculiar:  When they counted a homeless person, the workers did not need to take the person's name or date of birth, and if a presumed homeless person insisted he or she had already been counted by the Census, the workers were supposed to count that person anyway.

There's a noticeable boom in the fake job market.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 430,000 new jobs appeared in the US economy in May.  That, of course, would be reason for profound joy, except for the fact that 411,000 of those jobs were temporary, part-time positions created by the US Census.  And we don't really know whether the Census is making its employment statistics look better by churning workers and hiring unnecessarily.

The Census Bureau is Throwing Billions of Dollars Down the Drain.  $15 billion.  That's the budget of the 2010 US Census.  Where to begin with how it has been misspent?  When we look back at the past ten years, we can see how the Census Bureau is an institution in need of major reforms because poor work has been rewarded and PR spinsters have been left running the show to make it seem like everything is hunky-dory.

The 2010 Census and Our Fair Share.  Earlier this week, an undercover journalist in New Jersey and one in Louisiana worked together to expose the embarrassingly erroneous method by which the Census Bureau pays its workers, thrusting the 2010 census into the headlines once again.  Using hidden cameras, the two revealed Census Bureau managers who encouraged their newly hired employees to submit timesheets exaggerated with hours they did not work.

Census nonsense.  Official political innumeracy, enshrined in the census, steals our democracy.  We count illegal immigrants the same as citizens and assign states congressional seats accordingly.  This awards some states more representatives than they deserve.  The census should, instead, count citizens separately, and Congress should reapportion representatives only on the basis of citizen populations.

Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence.  Thousands of census workers, including many temporary employees, are fanning out across America to gather information on the citizenry. ... What many Americans don't realize, is that census workers — from the head of the Bureau and the Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee — are empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for "the collection of statistics."

My royal runaround with the Census Bureau.  The Census Bureau certainly knows how to count.  That is, after all, what the folks there do for a living.  But is Census double counting when it comes to jobs created in the latest polling of America?  Or triple counting?  Or maybe even counting the same job as many as forty times?

Pennsauken woman spots sex offender Census worker.  A woman who recognized the face of a Census worker from the state's online database of sex offenders called police, leading to charges that the man used a fake name and Social Security number to get the government job.

Two more Census workers blow the whistle.  You know the old saying:  "Everyone loves a charade."  Well, it seems that the Census Bureau may be playing games.  Last week, one of the millions of workers hired by Census 2010 to parade around the country counting Americans blew the whistle on some statistical tricks.

US Census Workers Looking for Snitches in Memphis.  A US census worker, driving a metallic gray Ford Taurus-type car, has been reported to be combing through the Memphis, TN suburb of Germantown knocking on doors asking people for information on their neighbors.  Yes, you read that correctly.  The US census worker was asking how many people lived in the house next door on or about April 1, 2010.

Homeland Insanity:  Census Bureau Funds Radical Virginia Mosque.  The U. S. Census Bureau leases 6,654 square feet of space from Dar al-Hijrah, which has been labeled "America's most radical mosque."  The cost of the space to taxpayers is $23,000 a month.  The lease agreement with Dar al Hijrah shows that the government has been paying rent for the use of this space on Edsall Road in Alexandria, Virginia since November 2008.  A spokeswoman for the General Services Administration which oversees the Census Bureau refused to comment on the lease.

Census mail results could be trouble for 5 states.  Five states — New York, California, Texas, Arizona and Florida — are perilously close to losing out on congressional seats because of lackluster participation in the U.S. census.

Census Still Struggling With IT Problems That May Affect Count's Accuracy.  The U.S. Census Bureau is still having problems with its computer system that handles the data for households that did not return a census form.  However, the Census Bureau director said the system has successfully printed out the assignments for the enumerators who will conduct in-person interviews with households that did not mail in their forms.

Thousands spent on unused census swag.  The U.S. Census Bureau spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on promotional items used to convince more people to mail back their census forms, but a [Denver TV station's] investigation found thousands of the items were dropped off, unused, at a local high school.

Anger arises over mailing cost of census.  Last week, "Dear Resident" letters arrived in post boxes and through mail slots nationwide.  "About one week from now, you will receive a 2010 Census form in the mail," the letters read.  "Please fill it out and mail it in promptly."

Census Bureau concerned about head count problems.  As the U.S. census nears its final stages, the government is preparing for possible debacles that could derail its $15 billion head count, from mass identity theft and lawsuits to homeowners who refuse to answer their doors.

Come to your census.  The population count determines which representatives in your state will be squeezed out of office when their districts are reshaped to resemble an octopus.  Your answers also determine how much government money your neighborhood receives.  If you live in a designated flood-disaster area, you may already be a winner.

Census 2010 Plagued By Technical Difficulties.  The idea for 2010 was that half a million census workers, for the first time, would use handheld computers to verify addresses, follow up with people who didn't return their questionnaires and perform other tasks. ... But certain "delete" operations malfunctioned, causing some major glitches.  And after the successful completion of the address verification phase, the devices were phased out for any further use.  The total cost, meanwhile, grew from an original $600 million computer contract to up to $3 billion.

Sending a Message with the Census.  Fully one-quarter of the space on this year's form is taken up with questions of race and ethnicity, which are clearly illegitimate and none of the government's business (despite the New York Times' assurances to the contrary on today's [3/8/2010] editorial page).

Census Racial Designations are Illogical and Unscientific.  The U.S. Department of Commerce perpetuates racism in the United States.  If that sounds like an unfair assessment, consider the racial designations that Commerce's Bureau of the Census uses in its decadal surveys, including the one most of us have recently completed.  Keep in mind that state governments and local school boards adopt the same designations used by the Census Bureau.

True Confessions from America's Census Workers.  [Scroll down]  So, what makes the Obama census campaign different from other census programs?  First, its naked, left-wing special interest pandering.  The White House is championing a "Queer the Census" movement by pro-gay marriage groups, for example, and the Commerce Department is working with open-borders leaders who want to use the census as leverage to stop all immigration raids.  The electoral stakes are high.  Some $400 billion in federal funding and, most importantly, the apportionment of congressional seats are up for grabs.

Census resisters say they'll comply only with head count.  The anti-government sentiment that sparked the Tea Party movement is brewing a backlash of sorts against the upcoming census by people who say it asks too many questions and intrudes on their privacy.  Such census resisters say the Constitution only empowers the Census Bureau to count the number of people in a household.

To Answer or Not to Answer the Census — That Is the Question.  I have been deluged lately with requests asking me whether one has to answer all of the questions on the 2010 Census, particularly those about race and ethnic background.  Like Mark Krikorian, I don't like those questions and don't think the U.S. government should be collecting that information — its only use is to continue to separate us on racial grounds, for reapportionment purposes and for certain government programs.

I got a letter from the census today.  There in my mail was an envelope clearly marked to show it came from the US Bureau of the Census and that said Bureau had duly paid a first-class postal rate to send it to me. ... Presumably, tens or hundreds of millions copies of this useless missive is being sent out at taxpayer expense — which must be enormous — for printing, translation, typesetting in foreign languages and non-Latin scripts, postage, addressing, presorting, and mailing.

Census rule change fuels debate about counting inmates.  With federal money at stake, some argue inmates should be counted in their hometowns instead of the prison towns where they currently are counted.  This month, the Census Bureau gave Illinois and other states the ability to decide the matter...

Counties push illegals to win census bucks.  Failing to count illegal immigrants, local officials say, will reduce federal funding around $1,000 a year for each ignored person.  And counties are looking for ways to offset costs that arise from providing health care and school services to thousands of residents who don't contribute taxes.

The 2010 Census, the Constitution and You.  The year 2010 is another Census year, and many Americans are concerned about the apparent politicization of a process that has been with us since our Constitution was first written.  The director of the Census Bureau will now report directly to "White House senior management" instead of to the Commerce Secretary.  "Senior management" likely means Rahm Emanuel, an Obama political crony who is currently serving as White House Chief of Staff.

Tweaking the Census:  Republicans, adhering to their strict-constructionist tradition, say the word "enumeration" (in Article I of the Constitution) shows that the Founders wanted an actual count.  Furthermore, since sampling is likely to target minority and urban populations — traditional Democratic voters — conservatives worry that apportionment of representatives would be unfairly adjusted to favor Democrats.

The Coming Battle of Reapportionment and Redistricting.  The number of representatives each state gets depends upon the number of people in each state, as counted by the census every ten years.  Because there are a fixed number of House seats to be divided among the states — 435 House seats — reapportionment is a zero sum game:  a state can only gain House seats if another state loses House seats.  The Left wants to replace the census count with a census "guess" based upon a formula.  Any formula will be based on politically charged assumptions, like assuming that ten percent of Hispanics do not respond to census workers, so the number of Hispanics in a canvassed area is "assumed" to be ten percent higher than the actual count.

Census 2010:  Up to 800 Canvassers With Criminal Records.  Despite reports last fall that the Census Bureau had severed ties with community-organizing group known as ACORN, Americans might want to think twice before opening their doors to canvassers for the 2010 Census after reading what I discovered this morning.

Did someone mention ACORN?

Census urges undocumented to get counted.  Latino organizations and the U.S. Census Bureau plan in the coming weeks to step up their campaign to persuade Latino immigrants — especially the undocumented — to participate in the population count.  Latino leaders and census officials say the effort is unprecedented...

Scammers use fake Census to steal information.  When the U.S. Census Bureau sent Sheila Mizzell a form, asking for her Social Security number and the names of those living in her household, she gave it to them.  By the time she realized it wasn't the U.S. Census Bureau that had sent the form, it was too late.

Why You Should Worry About the Census.  Did you know that the census does not distinguish between illegal immigrants and U.S. citizens?  It does not, which raises questions such as:  Should Arizona win more seats in the House of Representatives because it harbors a large number of illegal aliens?  Or, should people who can't vote decide how many electoral college votes California is awarded?

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart

The Super-Sized Census Boondoggle.  [Pepsi] has been in the Super Bowl ad business for more than two decades.  But this year, Pepsi determined it was economically unwise to pay $3 million for a 30-second spot.  So, who's foolish enough to pay for Super Bowl gold-plated airtime?  You and me and Washington, D.C.  The U.S. Census Bureau will squander $2.5 million on a half-minute Super Bowl ad starring D-list celebrity Ed Begley Jr., plus two pre-game blurbs and 12-second "vignettes" featuring Super Bowl anchor James Brown.

Crime, Census and Censorship.  Americans have good reason to be wary of the stranger's knock on the door. ... According to a new General Accounting Office report, botched fingerprinting by ill-trained employees led to the hiring of some 36,000 census workers with insufficient background checks.  "More than 200" of those workers may have had serious criminal records, according to the GAO.

Greenspan:  Census will save Obamonomics.  Alan Greenspan told NBC:  "It [unemployment] is going to be lower.  You see, we are going to get a special bonus, one that no one expects is the fact that the Bureau of Census announced that it is going to employ 792,000 by April.  That is a big, it is not a huge number but it will take several tens of a percent off unemployment rate."  That's it?  That's the big plan?  If so, we could have moved the Census up a year and saved $787 billion.  They do not know what they are doing.

2010 Census Still a Boondoggle for the Left.  While there may have been a collective sigh of relief across America after the news that the Census Bureau severed ties with ACORN, it made me wonder who other Census partners were.  In short, ACORN or not, the 2010 census will be an organizing tool for the American Left.

Liberals Hijacking U.S. Census.  For many, many years the function of counting the number of US citizens and residents living in the US and its territories was non-political and free from manipulation by any political party.  However, according to critics of the President Barak Obama Administration, the Democrat Party is taking advantage of its capture of the White House and both houses of Congress to take a "more active role" in the US Census process including oversight of the information gathering by Obama appointees.

Criminals may have been hired for census.  Errors by Census Bureau employees may have resulted in 200 people with criminal records being hired to conduct door-to-door canvassing.  The Census Bureau typically takes fingerprints and performs background checks on workers hired to interact with the public.  But a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that tens of thousands of workers were improperly fingerprinted by bureau employees.

ACORN Involvement Undermines Confidence in Census.  The U.S. Constitution doesn't specify many duties that the federal government absolutely must carry out.  For as long as our republic lasts, Americans will debate the meaning and intentions of the Constitution, but on requiring a decennial census, the Framers wrote with such clarity that no analysis is needed.  Today our nation has 100 times as many people as it did at our founding.  Though much has changed, the headcount of Americans remains an essential function of our federal government.  It's how we apportion representatives in Congress and direct spending.

Census Bureau Severs Ties With ACORN.  The Census Director has sent a letter to the National Headquarters of ACORN notifying the group that the Census Bureau is severing all ties with the community organizing group for all work having to do with the 2010 census.

Census Cutting Ties With ACORN Due to Videotaped Prostitution-Enabling.  The decision comes on the heels of Andrew Breitbart's release of two undercover video investigations, which found ACORN employees in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. more than happy to aid and abet underaged prostitution with advice on tax status, getting grants, and avoiding notice by law enforcement.

The Big Fix:  Obama's Rigged Census (Part Two).  Last month, when asked, "What will be this White House's role in the Census?" Mr. Locke responded by saying (in part):  "I serve at the pleasure of the president."  Proof that control of the head counting remains within the Oval Office came with Mr. Obama's recent appointment of Robert M. Groves as Census Chief.  "With the nomination of Robert Groves, President Obama has made clear that he intends to employ the political manipulation of census data for partisan gain," North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry quipped.  Other lawmakers called Groves an "incredibly troubling selection" who must be watched for "statistical sleight of hand."

See also The Big Fix: Obama's Rigged Census (Part One).

Using school kids as government pawns:
Students' take-home assignment:  Census kits.  Anyone tempted to ignore the 2010 Census will have a tough time doing it — especially if they have kids in school.

Obama's Census to castrate American Caucasians.  It's invasive.  It's corrupt.  It's rigged.  It's unconstitutional. ... It is biased and prejudicial.  It serves to channel billions of dollars into bogus political action groups, such as Acorn. ... It is President Barack Obama's 2010 Census Form. ... It asks if you have hot and cold running water, a sink with a faucet, a frigerator, a bathtub or shower, a stove or range, and a flush toilet.  It asks if you use coal, gas, oil, electricity, or solar energy to heat your home or apartment, if you are deaf or blind ... But infinitely more telling is what the new census form doesn't ask.  It doesn't ask if you are a citizen of the U.S.A., if you are an immigrant, or if you are a Muslim.  Naturally, the questions are in English and Spanish, lest anyone think that America is an Anglo nation.

Obama Census Bureau To Count Illegal Aliens in Census?  On the website of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) a press release from Obama's U.S. Census Bureau Director, Robert Groves, can be found.  That press release appears to make obvious that the Bureau plans to count illegal aliens in our census.  The press release was issued to America's Hispanic organizations to urge them to help with the coming census.

The Orwellian American Community Survey.  My nightmare started in January when I received the American Community Survey (ACS) form in the mail.  The ACS is an extension of the U.S. Census that all households receive.  While the U.S. Census form contains 10 questions and is sent out every 10 years, the ACS form contains 48 questions and is sent to 250,000 households each month on a rolling basis.  The ACS itself is a lesson in government overreach.

Census survey has something to rile everyone.  Some advocacy groups demand that illegal immigrants not be counted.  Another urges a boycott.  Others say they just won't answer some questions.  Republican fundraisers use it to attract donations.  Some want criminals serving time elsewhere to be counted in their hometowns.  This intense special-interest brawl can mean only one thing:  It's Census time.

New York Would Lose House Seats, Census Analyses Show.  New York and New Jersey would each lose one U.S. House seat while the Texas congressional delegation would increase by four members for the 2012 elections, according to two independent analyses of new Census Bureau data.

Do Census Layoffs Clear the Way for Hiring of ACORN Workers?  If the administration hadn't tried a few months ago to move oversight of the Census into the White House and then lied about ACORN and the Census, the news of the layoffs would not have caught my attention.  However, the Obama administration did attempt the Census power play and it did lie about ACORN's involvement in the Census, so reasonable observers have every reason to be suspicious.

ACORN Alert.  Remember the Obama administration lying about ACORN's involvement in the 2010 Census?  After the Census Bureau responded to a Freedom of Information Act request, Judicial Watch reported that "...the Obama Commerce Department downplayed ACORN's participation in the Census, and labeled "baseless" the notion that ACORN would be involved in any Census count ...[but]... offered ACORN the opportunity to "recruit Census workers" who would participate in the count."

Former organizer says ACORN will commit fraud in Census work.  In all, the corrupt management of ACORN allegedly forced its part- and full-time employees to stretch or break laws just to meet registration quotas to keep their jobs.  That's because ACORN gets paid by its sponsors and pressures employees to deliver unreasonable goals.  There is no reason to believe the problems of staff mistreatment or systematic fraud will be any different if and when the federal government asks ACORN to take its show on the road to households across the country.

Acorn Role in Census Challenged.  Acorn, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, signed up in February with the bureau to be a "2010 Census Partner," which includes, among other things, identifying job candidates, encouraging its members to participate in the count and distributing literature explaining the importance of the census.  But in the wake of accusations that some former Acorn employees engaged in voter registration fraud in the 2006 and 2008 elections, the partnership isn't sitting well with some Republicans on Capitol Hill who worry that Acorn could skew results.

Minnesota lawmaker vows not to complete Census.  Outspoken Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's so worried that information from next year's national census will be abused that she will refuse to fill out anything more than the number of people in her household.  In an interview Wednesday morning with The Washington Times "America's Morning News," Mrs Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, said the questions have become "very intricate, very personal" and she also fears ACORN, the community organizing group that came under fire for its voter registration efforts last year, will be part of the Census Bureau's door-to-door information collection efforts.

Documents Detailing ACORN Partnership for 2010 Census.  Included among the 126 pages of documents, obtained by Judicial Watch under threat of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, is ACORN's original Census partnership application.  The document describes 18 different areas of responsibility requested by the community organization, which is under investigation in multiple states for illegal activity during the 2008 election, including voter registration fraud.

Can America Come to Its Census?  Just in case this election has not been alarming enough, with Democrats selling their phony tax cuts to a strangely gullible populace, I invite you to join me in absolute horror.  My Democrat sources have just revealed to me a plan to hijack the census in 2010 and to move vast amounts of electoral votes from red to blue states.

GOP Blocks Census Nominee.  Senate Republicans are blocking a vote on the nomination of Robert Groves to be the Census Bureau's director, leaving the agency without a leader less than a year before the 2010 nationwide head count. ... Dr. Groves, director of the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center and a former Census Bureau official, has raised concerns among mainly Republican lawmakers because he is an expert in sampling, the use of statistical adjustments to compensate for undercounted populations.  Dr. Groves has said he won't use the practice for the 2010 count.

Uncle Sam's Way-Too-Nosy Survey:  Where's the outrage? With all the recent obsessing over the "rights" of terrorists in Guantanamo, and the idea that President Obama's Supreme Court nominee should support "the constitutional right to privacy," you'd expect the civil-liberties crowd to be inflamed by the federal government forcing Americans to disclose sensitive information about their finances, health and lifestyles.  You would be wrong.

Big Brother asks: 'Do you have a flush toilet?'  The 2009 American Community Survey, an annual supplement to the decennial Census, asks about residents' personal relationships and whether a home has hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, bathing facilities, appliances and phone services.  It also asks how many rooms are in a home and what vehicles are used at each household.  The new questionnaire asks respondents what they pay for electricity, gas, water and sewer every month and whether residents receive food stamps.

Guess who Census banned as 'partners'.  The U.S. Census Bureau, reflecting what apparently is becoming a political position that involves more than one federal agency, has listed "hate groups," "law enforcement" "and "anti-immigrant groups" among those that would be refused permission to become a partner with the 2010 Census.  The news comes in a series of documents obtained by Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act about the census operations.

ACORN, Soros and the Census.  ACORN's core work revolves around Census information and that information leads to funding. ... If such data is the core of their programs, could their vested interest in the outcome cloud affect the impartiality?

Former organizer says ACORN will commit fraud in Census work.  Following calls by a reform group known as the "ACORN 8," many are rightly worried about the prospect of taxpayer money flowing to the scandal-plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) for the stated purpose of counting Americans in the 2010 U.S. census.  After all, this is the same group that couldn't count to "1" when registering voters during last year's election.

Obama's pick for census director moves ahead.  President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next census director moved closer to Senate confirmation on Wednesday [5/20/2009], with approval all but assured after he ruled out the controversial use of statistical sampling in the 2010 head count.  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved Robert Groves by voice vote without objections.

Obama's Census Nominee Likely to Face Questions on ACORN in Confirmation Hearing.  Changing the formula for the U.S. Census could mean shifting up to two dozen congressional seats to the Democrats, a Republican congressman warned Tuesday [5/12/2009], as the Senate prepared to consider the nomination of Robert Groves as director of the Census Bureau.

Groves rules out use of sampling in 2010 census.  President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Census Bureau is ruling out the use of statistical sampling in the 2010 head count, seeking to allay GOP concerns that he might be prone to put politics over science.

Black Caucus Wants Obama Involved in Census.  Congressional Black Caucus members plan to press President Obama to keep the 2010 census under White House supervision even if Democrat Gary Locke is confirmed as Commerce secretary.  "They need to be hands-on, very much involved in selecting the new census director as well as being actively involved and interested in the full and accurate count," said Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., the caucus' leading voice on the census and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel with jurisdiction over the decennial count.

From ACORN, a mighty GOP fight.  Consider the past week alone.  In the House, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) and other GOP lawmakers called on the Census Bureau to sever ties with ACORN, one of several hundred organizations teaming up with the bureau to conduct the crucial Census count in 2010.  At the same time, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), one of ACORN's most vocal opponents in Congress, tangled with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) over an "ACORN amendment" she introduced that would have prohibited any organization indicted for voter fraud from receiving certain federal housing grants.

The 2010 Decennial Census In Danger Again — A Church Boycott?  Nowhere does the Constitution, a statute or a judicial decision remotely hint, much less provide, that unlawful immigrants, people who attend certain churches or both are to be excluded from the count.  Tell that to an entity known as the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, which may have some 20,000 members in 34 States.  The leadership of that entity has denounced the Census, claiming that Latinos may be scapegoats and a purpose of the Census may be to justify deportation of unlawful immigrants.  Thus, intermittent confusion, uncertainty and suspicion now give rise to a thinly veiled intercession of religious freedom.  A real purpose is clear — to avoid a realistically high illegal-immigrant count.

Little noted move on census by Obama could spell GOP disaster.  Trying to game the census for political purposes is just about what we'd expect from this crew.  They have talked so long about building a permanent majority, manipulating numbers to perhaps overcount their core constituencies should not be put past them.  If Bush/Rove had dared to do something like this it would have been headline news nationally.  As it is, we hear barely a peep from the media and are not likely to in the future.

White House to Bypass Commerce on Census.  The director of the Census Bureau will report directly to the White House and not the secretary of Commerce, according to a senior White House official.  The decision came after black and Hispanic leaders raised questions about Commerce Secretary nominee Judd Gregg 's commitment to funding the census.

Political Battle Brews Over 2010 Census.  A political battle has erupted over next year's census with Republican lawmakers protesting President Obama's decision to take a bigger role in supervising the process. ... The White House says it is following a historical precedent and that this simply shows that the census is a priority for the president.  But Republicans say it looks like a political power grab.

GOP Sounds Alarm Over Obama Decision to Move Census to White House.  Utah's congressional delegation is calling President Obama's decision to move the U.S. census into the White House a purely partisan move and potentially dangerous to congressional redistricting around the country.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told FOX News on Monday that he finds it hard to believe the Obama administration felt the need to place re-evaluation of the inner workings of the census so high on his to-do list, just three weeks into his presidency.  "This is nothing more than a political land grab," Chaffetz said.

White House Census Power Grab May Violate the Constitution.  Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution provides for an "actual enumeration" and a statute passed by Congress provides that the duties under this clause are to be performed by the secretary of commerce.  Article I (as Joseph Biden didn't know in debate) is about the legislative, not the executive branch.  Hence, it is argued, the president can't substitute a sampling for the enumeration required to be done by the secretary.  However, it is undoubtedly true that the president can fire the secretary of commerce for any reason, including failure to conduct the Census the way he wants the Census conducted.

Why Obama Wants Control of the Census:  President Obama said in his inaugural address that he planned to "restore science to its rightful place" in government.  That's a worthy goal.  But statisticians at the Commerce Department didn't think it would mean having the director of next year's Census report directly to the White House rather than to the Commerce secretary, as is customary.  "There's only one reason to have that high level of White House involvement," a career professional at the Census Bureau tells me.  "And it's called politics, not science."

Flashback to 2006...
The census has grown beyond its bounds.  While the Patriot Act and National Security Agency wiretapping have received enormous attention and criticism from the mainstream media, another federal agency has been quietly gathering far more personal information about U.S. residents than those laws ever can.  And this unreported project affects thousands more people.  Our inquisitive federal government has been demanding that selected U.S. residents answer 73 nosy questions.  They are threatened with a fine of $5,000 for failure to respond.

The Editor says...
The invasive and unreasonably nosy questions on the census started under President Clinton and continued under President Bush.  It sounds like the census is getting more intrusive and less precise.

GOP leaders criticize White House role in census.  Partisan bickering is complicating next year's high-stakes census count of the nation's population.  House GOP leaders on Thursday criticized plans for increased White House involvement in next year's count, challenging the president to find a new nominee for commerce secretary if he has doubts about Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H.  "If President Obama doesn't trust Sen. Gregg to oversee a fair and accurate census, he should withdraw the nomination," said GOP conference chairman Mike Pence, R-Ind.

Dems Downplay Obama's Plan to Oversee 2010 Census.  With Republicans increasingly critical of President Obama's decision to step up White House oversight of next year's census, some Democrats are downplaying the move, saying it is not even official yet.  Obama's plan to have the Census director report to the White House in addition to the Commerce Department has sparked protest from some Republicans, who accuse the president of a political power grab.  One GOP lawmaker is pushing for an investigation into the planned move.

In Gregg Stories, Short Shrift to White House's Census Grab.  ABC, CBS and NBC centered their Thursday night stories, on Senator Judd Gregg's decision to withdraw as Commerce Secretary-nominee, around his disagreement with the Obama administration's "stimulus" plan — with only passing mention, if any, of the administration's wish to move the 2010 census count from Commerce to the White House.

Perfecting The Theft Of Elections.  Imagine an Obama White House where they could be in charge of the numbers.  What numbers, you ask?  For example, the population numbers that, among other things, determine how many congressional seats are allocated and to whom.

Who will investigate the Obama administration?  The census controversy brings the first test of accountability and oversight in the new administration.

White House Denies Meddling In Census.  A White House spokesman denies Republican congressional charges that the White House is "taking the unprecedented step of moving control of the Census Bureau" to "political operatives on the White House staff."  The charge is made in a letter House Republicans — including Minority Leader John Boehner — sent yesterday President Obama — calling on him to "reconsider and reverse this harmful course of action."

Census should be free from politics.  The Obama administration's recent actions regarding the census are outrageous and unprecedented.  Commanding the census director to report directly to the White House is a naked political power grab and transparently partisan.  There is only one possible reason for it — political interference in the 2010 census and partisan manipulation of the results.  This ill-conceived proposal undermines a constitutionally obligated process that speaks to the very heart of our democracy.

Texas and the Sampling Battle That Hasn't Happened Yet.  Many people mistakenly believe that the battle over "sampling" has already been fought and completely won.  In 1998, a lawsuit was filed against the Census Bureau after it announced that it would use statistical sampling in the 2000 Census.  The Supreme Court ruled in Department of Commerce v. U.S. House of Representatives that statistical sampling could not be used for congressional apportionment because federal law barred its use — but that same law, 13 U.S.C. §195, allows sampling to be used for any other purpose.

White House Claims No Plans to Takeover Census, But Will 'Consult'.  The census, done every 10 years, will determine how congressional districts are apportioned, which Republicans fear could be threatening if it is politicized.  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told a Republican gathering in Virginia Thursday that the White House would seek to gerrymander districts for Democrats and count illegal immigrants.  Obama never announced any intention to move the Census Bureau into the White House; however, numerous media reports citing unnamed administration officials said that was the goal.

A Chicago-Style Census.  The census is one of the most important functions performed by the federal government because the integrity our representative democracy depends on it.  Because both parties understand its importance, the census has always been insulated from political corruption.  That is why news of the Obama Administration's plan to take the 2010 census away from the Commerce Department and run it out of the White House is disturbing.  This action will have enormous implications on the balance of political power in the country.

One Party Rule Forever!  Because the mainstream press refuses to see anything wrong in the Obama administration, even the most outrageous actions are given astonishingly gentle treatment — if they get any treatment at all.  So of course we hear almost nothing about the coup d'etat that is under way in the White House.  People have been talking about a "historic realignment," but of course that is nonsense.  Most Americans report mostly conservative viewpoints on most issues.  That hasn't changed.  What will change, apparently, is how many voters the Obama administration can produce out of thin air to swing the next election.  And as many elections as possible after that.  How is Obama going to accomplish this?  He has just moved the constitutionally-required census from the Commerce Department to the White House — specifically putting it under the thumb of his political strategist, Rahm Emanuel.

Census plan gets counted out.  The Obama administration has scrapped plans to have the Census Bureau director report directly to the White House, assuaging the concerns of lawmakers.  Commerce Secretary nominee Gary Locke met with key senators Wednesday to reassure them that the 2010 census would be managed by the Commerce Department, and not the White House.

Doubling Down on Deceit.  The Obama administration has already established that it wants to be intimately involved in the census.  One of the factors behind Senator Judd Gregg's withdrawal from the Secretary of Commerce position was his dissatisfaction with the White House's planned incursion into the Commerce Department's oversight of the census.  Now we have an even more blatant intrusion into the census process:  the Obama administration has decided to allow ACORN — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now! — to "help" recruit the roughly 1.4 million temporary workers needed to count every American.

ACORN to count heads for Census.  First it was President Obama trying to break all precedent and run the 2010 census from within the White House.  While the administration finally backed down from that politicization of the census, it clearly hasn't learned its lesson.  Now it is having ACORN officially "partner" with the Census to help count the number of Americans in the country.  It's like Santa trusting a child to tell him how many times he or she has been good in the past year.

Foxes guarding the chicken coop — or having ACORN help with the census.  [Scroll down slowly]  According to a US Census Bureau press release [ACORN] will soon become an "official partner...help[ing] recruit workers" to bring in the 2010 census.  Over 100,000 people are needed for the mammoth task of collecting the detailed data that is then used as a blueprint to dispense federal money, redraw voting districts and allocate representatives to congress. ... ACORN is entitled to have whatever political goals it likes and to use whatever tactics it likes — as long as it doesn't hurt others, destroy property or prevent people (as in legislative sessions) from being heard.

Did someone mention ACORN again?

Obama's Census Choice Unsettles Republicans.  Robert M. Groves, a former census official and now a sociology professor at the University of Michigan, was nominated Thursday by President Obama to run the Census Bureau, a choice that instantly made Republicans nervous. ... Even before the official White House announcement, rumors about the choice drew criticism on Thursday from Republicans already anxious about the 2010 census, a multibillion-dollar enterprise that will determine which states gains seats in Congress and which ones lose them, as well as the allocation of federal dollars to states and cities based on population.

With 2010 Census Looming, Obama Chooses Survey Expert to Run Bureau.  Next year's census will cost at least $15 billion, more than any previous count.  The bureau is under pressure from Congress and advocacy groups to provide a more accurate tally of Hispanics and other minority groups than in the past.  The bureau received $1 billion in stimulus funding to help prepare for the census and will devote up to $250 million for advertising and outreach programs to help boost participation levels among traditionally undercounted groups, mostly minorities in urban areas. ... But some Republican lawmakers voiced concern yesterday [4/2/2009] that Grove supported a statistical adjustment to the 1990 census to make up for undercounting approximately 5 million people, including many minorities from urban areas who trended Democratic.

Statistical Voodoo Witch Doctor Tapped for Census Post.  A practitioner of the statistical voodoo known as "sampling" has been selected by President Obama to head the Census Bureau, which is poised to carry out the decennial census next year with ACORN's help.  Liberal pressure groups and Democrats have long favored using statistical modeling, a practice controversial because it's flagrantly unconstitutional and because it opens up the counting process to political manipulation.

Obama Census Plan:  No Illegal Alien Left Behind.  I have seen the electoral future, and it is rigged.  With fraud-prone, ideologically driven interest groups swarming the census-gathering process, the left is solidifying its chances of a permanent ruling majority.  Lax immigration enforcement is the not-so-secret key to the Democrats' power grab.  And the Obama administration is all too happy to aid and abet.

Hispanic groups call for Census boycott.  Some Hispanic advocacy groups are calling for illegal immigrants to boycott the 2010 Census unless immigration laws are changed.  The move puts them at odds with leading immigrant rights advocates and creates another hurdle in the Census Bureau's quest to count everyone in the USA.

Census Bureau:  We'll Work with 'Community Organizations' to Count All Illegal Aliens in 2010.  The acting director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Thomas Mesenbourg, told CNSNews.com that the bureau intends to work with community organizations to make sure every illegal alien in the United States is counted in the 2010 Census.  The Census is used to apportion the seats in the U.S. House of Representative.  There are 435 House seats that are divided among the states in proportion to their population, which is determined by the decennial census.  States with more people get more seats in the U.S. House.  This means that a state harboring more illegal aliens can gain more House seats as long as the Census Bureau finds the illegal aliens and counts them.

Obama and ACORN GPS Marking EVERY Front Door in America?  Republican Senator Judd Gregg was Obama's first choice for the Secretary of Commerce post, and Gregg was actually considering joining the Obama team, until he found out that control of the US Census was being stripped from the Commerce Department and placed under the direct control of White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel.

Temp work covers up depth of unemployment.  For weeks, Greg Noel roamed the spine of the Green Mountains with a handheld GPS unit, walking dirt roads and chatting with people as he helped create a map of every housing unit in the United States.




Last year's scandal:

Census to scrap handheld computers for 2010 count.  The Census Bureau will tell a House panel today that it will drop plans to use handheld computers to help count Americans for the 2010 census, contributing to the increase in cost for the decennial census by as much as $3 billion, according to testimony the Commerce Department secretary plans to give this afternoon [4/3/2008].

Billion-dollar IT failure at Census Bureau:  The US Census Bureau faces cost overruns up to $2 billion on an IT initiative replacing paper-based data collection methods with specialized handheld devices for the upcoming 2010 census.  The Bureau has not implemented longstanding Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations and may therefore be forced to scrap the program.

Census Returns to Paper Count.  Technology problems will force the government to count all of the nation's 300 million residents the old-fashioned way in the 2010 census — with paper and pencil. … Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told a House subcommittee Thursday [4/3/2008] that the government will scrap plans to use handheld computers to collect information from the millions of Americans who don't return census forms mailed out by the government.  The decision is part of a package of changes that will add as much as $3 billion to the cost of the constitutionally mandated count, pushing the overall cost to more than $14 billion.  [That's $46.67 per capita.]

Remarks about the Census scrapping handheld computers for 2010 count:  What would be the likelihood that the handheld computers could be re-used for the 2020 Census?  Would the vendor still support the more than 10-year-old hardware at that time?  How many [of us] are still using 10+ year old computers?  [The Census is] spending gigantic wads of money on something that will be obsolete before it can be used even a second time.

The Editor says...
Excuse me for pointing out the obvious, but shouldn't a whole bunch of people lose their pencil-pushing government jobs over this?

Somewhat related:
Census Bureau Admits It 'Artifcially Inflated the Number of Same-Sex Couples' — by 40%.  The Census Bureau admitted yesterday [9/27/2011] that it had "artificially inflated the number of same-sex couples" in the United States, initially reporting a number that was about 40 percent higher than what it now believes is accurate.




Earlier news and commentary about the census:

Longer census form upsets some residents.  The 2000 Census was comprised of two forms, one long and one short, but this time the long form won't be required because of the ongoing American Community Survey, which began in 2003 and is distributed throughout the year.  It provides more accurate, up-to-date profiles of America's communities.  The ACS takes about 38 minutes to complete, similar to the old long form, census officials say.  Some local residents, however, see the form as the government as being too intrusive and forceful in retrieving personal information with the survey.

'Constitution is stupid,' argues Census worker.  When Michigan resident Kim Carey refused to answer questions about her neighbor posed by a Census Bureau employee making follow-up visits, she cited her belief that the questions are "unconstitutional," to which the enumerator retorted, "The Constitution is stupid."

Muslim census a difficult count.  A new census of Muslim congregations is reviving controversies over how many Muslims are in the USA, how they are counted and why it matters.  For minority religious groups, particularly Muslims and Jews, higher numbers can mean enhanced social and political clout in the U.S. public square.

Census Acknowledges D.C. Undercount.  After decades of losing residents to the suburbs, the nation's capital is growing with its largest increase in population since 1950.  The U.S. Census Bureau acknowledged on Friday [7/21/2006] that it had underestimated the number of people living in the District of Columbia and added more than 31,000 people to Washington's official population — increasing it to 582,049.

The Editor says...
They're supposed to count (enumerate) the population, not just estimate.

Flashback to 2000:
Firestorm Hits Capitol Hill As Americans Protest 2000 CensusPhone lines are ringing off the wall in Congressional Offices as Americans express their outrage over the intrusive questions on the 2000 Census form.  Even the short form's "eight simple questions" invade personal privacy as it asks if the home is owned or rented, who owns it and what is the telephone number.  All of this information is already available to the government through federal, state and local records.  What does such information have to do with assuring an official count of the nation, as called for in the Constitution?

Feds implement perpetual census:  Critics of [2000]'s decennial census "long form" may soon find a similar questionnaire in their mailboxes as the U.S. Census Bureau begins implementing a revised version of the American Community Survey.



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