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.

The Democrats' Long Game for 2030 Census.  In the business world, U.S. companies are too often focused on the short term: end of the month or quarterly targets are de rigueur.  Long-term goals are discussed in some circles, but are not usually the primary focus that they should be to position companies for future success.  The same does not hold true in political circles, at least those circles occupied by the Democrats.  Take the next decennial census in 2030, as an example.  That may seem distant, but if the next party to occupy the White House serves two terms, it will occur in that second term.  If a younger Democrat replaces Biden on the ticket, as many are speculating, then that person could be in a position to influence the next census, as historically most Presidents are reelected to serve two consecutive terms (George H. W. Bush, Carter, and Trump being recent exceptions).  Democrats are already thinking along those lines.  Case in point, and one which should be troubling, is that elected Democrats in Congress are admitting that a primary reason for allowing illegal immigrants into our nation is the need for more bodies, in their districts, to offset those who are fleeing many blue states.

Democrats' open-border trickery: gaming the Census.  New York is Migrant Central — the No. 1 destination in the country for illegal border crossers — and it's no accident.  New York's Democratic politicians benefit from the deluge.  The more migrants come here, the more congressional seats and clout in the Electoral College New York is able to maintain.  Elon Musk spelled it out on Twitter this month:  "Most people in America don't know that the Census is based on a simple headcount of people (including illegals) *not* just citizens.  This shifts political power and money to states and Congressional districts with the highest number of illegals."  The busloads coming in from the southern border offset the moving vans exiting the city carrying New Yorkers in search of better places to live.  Migrants are actually helping protect Democratic members of Congress from losing their districts as the city's population shrinks.  New York City lost 400,000 residents in the last three years.  They're being gradually replaced, explains city Comptroller Brad Lander, by a wave of migrants dependent on the city for shelter, food, health care and everything else.

Even the Census Bureau is trying to promote radical gender ideology.  The Census Bureau is asking Congress for $10 million to figure out how best to promote the fiction that sex is assigned at birth, rather than the scientific fact that it is present at conception.  It is part of a new set of questions on sexual orientation and gender identity that the bureau wants to ask residents even as young as 15.  This expansion beyond race and ethnicity represents a new foray into sexual identity — one more step in the bureau's decadeslong degeneration into an agency completely captured by the identity-mongering industry, and which produces the supposedly "victim" categories that the industry requires.

The Fed's Bait and Switch:  Race and the U.S. Census.  A handy barometer for federal, monetized aggression against the American people can be readily seen in the documents of the U.S. Census, as it fails to justify its growing demands upon our privacy and insists on the priority of 'race' in every evaluation.  The U.S. Census documents imply, by focus and repetition, that racism is the crowning national proclivity — despite the same being, in real life, sanctioned by a slim minority.  Aren't most of us tired of being held ransom in 'black' vs. 'white' land?  I know I am.

It won't matter politically that blue states are emptying and red states filling.  The Constitution mandates that, every ten years, the U.S. government must conduct a census.  The purpose was to determine how many House representatives and Electoral College votes each state would get. [...] Conservatives want to count only people here legally; Democrats and other leftists want to include illegal aliens (hence their enthusiastic support for flooding the country with illegal aliens who swell the numbers in Democrat-majority states).  After all, the larger the state's population, the more Electoral College votes it gets, the more representatives it has in Congress, and the more money that same Congress sends its way.  The United States Census Bureau is a government agency that has, as its job, impartially counting the number of people in America.  Whether it does so accurately is questionable.  The Census Bureau contends that its estimates show that, in 2020, it undercounted blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans.  That was, of course, Trump's fault (at least according to NPR).  There's no claim, though, that this affected the allocation of House and Electoral College numbers.  However, what did affect those numbers is that the Census Bureau also admitted that it overcounted six blue states and undercounted five red states: [...]

The stupidest government idea ever.  The government is presently considering modifying the Census to identify recipients for reparations.  If the idea is operationalized, a possible future headline will be "2030 Census Shows America Has a Black Majority."  That would confirm that this was the U.S. government's most brain-dead idea ever.  However, with a couple of tweaks, it could be a brilliant idea. [...] It's pretty clear that, in America, identity trumps biology, and people can change their identity on any given day, like the day the Census is completed.  It's not like this doesn't happen all the time.  The multiracial population jumped from 9 million in 2010 to 33.8 million in 2020.  The number of people who identify as American Indian or Native Alaskan jumped 75% between 2010 and 2020, and in the same period, the number of Latinos identifying as white fell from 26.7 million to 12.6 million.  Meanwhile, the white-identifying population fell by 31 million.  With all the white supremacy and white racism blarney, who could blame anyone for not wanting to identify as white?

More Racial Granularity for the Census?  Yes, Please.  Has anyone noticed how we don't talk about intersectionality anymore?  The racist left seems to have dropped that word from its shrieking identity lexicon. [...] Why is this a topic now?  Because, in addition to the slavery question, the Census Bureau has also proposed an update to change how we categorize ourselves racially.  The current categories are unable to be compared rationally.  That's because they are based on language (Hispanic or not), community (American Indian or Alaskan Native), geography (Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and White), and skin color plus geography (Black).  Among other ideas, the government is planning to add another geographic category, MENA, to segregate Middle Eastern or North African people from White.  One obvious result of this would be to slash the official number of Whites in America.

The Right To Be Let Alone: When The Government Wants To Know All Your Business.  There was a time when the census was just a head count.  That is no longer the case.  The American Community Survey (ACS), sent to about 3.5 million homes every year, is the byproduct of a government that believes it has the right to know all of your personal business.  If you haven't already received an ACS, it's just a matter of time.  A far cry from the traditional census, which is limited to ascertaining the number of persons living in each dwelling, their ages and ethnicities, the ownership of the dwelling and telephone numbers, the ACS contains some of the most detailed and intrusive questions ever put forth in a census questionnaire.  At 28 pages (with an additional 16-page instruction packet), these questions concern matters that the government simply has no business knowing, including questions relating to respondents' bathing habits, home utility costs, fertility, marital history, work commute, mortgage, and health insurance, among other highly personal and private matters.

Conservatives must wake up to the threat of government-endorsed racial categorization.  Conservatives haven't been as interested as progressives are in capturing the federal bureaucracy, or at least have been much less successful.  That goes double for the Census Bureau, whose committee on race has long been the play-thing of sociology professors and affinity groups.  For this reason, rank-and-file conservatives may not grasp the importance of the racial changes the Census Bureau is currently proposing.  That would be a mistake.  The Left really cares about the Census, which means conservatives should pay attention.  The balkanization of the United States, often along government-fabricated racial and ethnic lines, is one of the building blocks of the cultural Marxist threats in this country.  The Census Bureau's new proposal expands and deepens this racial dispensation.

The outrageous, Democrat-friendly census errors you've heard nothing about.  Not content with the US Supreme Court's perverse ruling blocking the Trump administration from reinstating a plainly constitutional citizenship question in the 2020 census and the Census Bureau's apparent insubordination under Donald Trump, House Democrats recently passed legislation making it still more difficult for a future administration to reinstate the citizenship question and further insulating the agency from accountability to any president.  While the Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act will do nothing of the sort, it does represent an inadvertent admission of failure in the last census — one of mammoth proportions and with massive political implications that you likely have not heard about.  The fact that such a failure has garnered minimal coverage and therefore public attention, while manifesting itself in the corruption of our republican system, demonstrates the disingenuousness of our ruling regime's otherwise-hysterical "democracy defenders."

What Are The Odds?  Census Mistakes Overwhelmingly Benefit Democrats.  A recent bombshell report reveals that U.S. census errors could provide significant and unfair advantages for Democrats in future elections, so naturally America's corporate media have chosen to let those errors quietly slide.  Back in May, the U.S. Census Bureau released findings from its 2020 Post-Enumeration Survey (PES), a survey in which "the Census Bureau interviews a sampling of households across the country and then compares the results with actual responses from those households in the original 2020 Census records."  As noted by the Census Bureau, the results of the survey "cannot be used to change the final census count."  While the agency found that the 2020 Census counts for 36 states and Washington D.C. were generally accurate, it also discovered that there were population undercounts in six states and overcounts in eight.  When analyzing the states where significant counting errors were made, however, a startling pattern begins to emerge.  As detailed in the report, the six states that experienced population undercounts were Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.  All but one (Illinois) of these states voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 and 2020 elections and could be considered reliably Republican jurisdictions.

The Federal Gov's Bungled Census Is Bad News For Red States.  If a politician from Florida decides to run for president in 2024, his (or her) home state will be short two votes in the Electoral College, and when the new session of the U.S. House of Representatives convenes in January 2023, Florida will be missing two congressional seats to which it is entitled.  Why?  Because according to a post-2020 census survey, the U.S. Census Bureau significantly undercounted the population of Florida, as well as Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.  At the same time, it overcounted the population of eight states, all but one of which is a blue state.  The 2020 errors were discovered when the Census Bureau interviewed a large number of households across the country and compared the answers it got to the original census responses in 2020.  In addition to undercounting six states, the survey showed that the Bureau overcounted the population of Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Utah.

We Need to Come to Our Census.  The Census Bureau just admitted that the 2020 census overcounted the populations of blue states in America, apportioning to them skewed representation in Congress and the electoral college, as well as federal funding.  Is this the long and short of it, or is this only the tip of the iceberg for the Left putting its thumb on the scale in the course of arrogating to itself political power?  [Podcast]

Census Bureau Admits Overcounting 7 Blue States, Just 1 Red State.  In a shocking report, the U.S. Census Bureau recently admitted that it overcounted the populations of eight states and undercounted the populations of six states in the 2020 census.  All but one of the states overcounted is a blue state, and all but one of the undercounted states is red.  Those costly errors will distort congressional representation and the Electoral College.  It means that when the Census Bureau reapportioned the House of Representatives, Florida was cheated out of two additional seats it should have gotten; Texas missed out on another seat; Minnesota and Rhode Island each kept a representative they shouldn't have; and Colorado was awarded a new member of the House it didn't deserve.  These harmful errors also mean billions in federal funds will be misallocated.  Funding for many federal programs is distributed to the states based on population.  Overcounted states will now receive a larger share of federal funds than they are entitled to, at the expense of the undercounted states.

Census errors will distort elections, funding for next decade.  In a shocking report, the U.S. Census Bureau recently admitted that it overcounted the populations of eight states and undercounted the populations of six states in the 2020 census.  All but one of the states overcounted is a blue state, and all but one of the undercounted states is red.  Those costly errors will distort congressional representation and the Electoral College.  It means that when the Census Bureau reapportioned the House of Representatives, Florida was cheated out of two additional seats it should have gotten; Texas missed out on another seat; Minnesota and Rhode Island each kept a representative they shouldn't have, and Colorado was awarded a new member of the House it didn't deserve.

The Editor says...
Isn't it remarkable that the "errors" all go in the same direction?

There Was a Huge 'Mistake' in the 2020 Census.  Guess Which Party It Favored?  There was a major problem with the 2020 Census, and most people probably haven't heard about it, even though it has enormous implications.  At the end of May, the Census Bureau admitted that it miscounted 14 states in the 2020 Census.  Why didn't the media make a big stink about this story?  Maybe it was overshadowed by the recent mass shootings, that's certainly a possibility, but I have another theory.  Here are the states that the Census acknowledged it overcounted:  Hawaii, Delaware, Rhode Island, Minnesota, New York, and Massachusetts.  Here are the states that the Census acknowledged it undercounted:  Texas, Illinois, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas. [...] Does it seem like a mere bizarre coincidence that the overcounted states all voted for Biden in 2020, and five of the six undercounted states for Trump in 2020?

Census Bureau Undercounted 5 Red States, Overcounted 6 Blue States.  The United States Census Bureau undercounted five red states and overcounted six blue states in the 2020 Census, according to a report issued by the agency this month.  For years, the establishment media and left-wing think tanks went after former President Donald Trump's administration by accusing officials of using the 2020 Census to undercount constituencies that leaned Democrat.  When Trump sought to put the American citizenship question back on the Census, left-wing Brookings Institute executives accused the administration of trying "to hijack" the process and "imperil America's future." [...] Now, the Census Bureau has issued a report detailing how a number of states were undercounted while otherwise were overcounted.  The states that were undercounted include Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas — all but one of which voted twice for Trump in the last two presidential elections.

Democrats' Census Shenanigans May Have Cost Texas and Florida House Seats.  The Democratic Party is rigging elections in America in every way conceivable.  One way that it is fixing elections before they even take place is by fraudulently counting the number of U.S. citizens in their states.  The Wall Street Journal's Editorial Board on Friday published an opinion editorial that lays out convincingly that Democrats' fraud likely cost Texas and Florida additional House seats.  Meanwhile, blue states undeservingly picked up seats.  "Well, well.  Remember how Democrats accused the Trump Administration of trying to rig the 2020 Census?" the WSJ rhetorically asks.  "Now a Census Bureau study reveals that Republican-leaning states may have been hurt by mistaken under-counts."

Census miscounted populations of 14 states and the breakdown is interesting.  After the once-a-decade census is complete the Census Bureau conducts a follow-up to gauge the accuracy of the count.  The follow-up of the 2020 census was delayed a bit because of the pandemic but the results are now out and they show that in 36 states the tally was pretty accurate.  However in 14 other states the numbers were off.  Six states had an undercount and eight states had an overcount.

The Subjugation of the Deplorables.  On June 27, 2019, the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Department of Commerce v. New York, a case pertaining to the Trump-era Census Bureau's decision to ask census recipients if they were U.S. citizens.  The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, was one of the most tortured pieces of legal writing in decades.  The Court, playing the role of mind reader, flatly dismissed the Department of Commerce's cited reasons for including the citizenship questionnaire as "pretextual."  Justice Clarence Thomas, in dissent, aptly summed up what the Roberts-led majority had done:  "For the first time ever, the Court invalidates an agency action solely because it questions the sincerity of the agency's otherwise adequate rationale."  New York was an astonishing ruling — an unadulterated judicial power grab in the face of an executive agency issuing apropos rules quite clearly within its constitutional ambit.

Stunning Video Explanation — Dr Douglas Frank Shows How The 2010 Census Was Used to Create the Algorithm That Fabricated the 2020 Electronic Vote Outcome.  This is a stunning video and represents the best presentation to show how the 2020 election was determined; not by actual people voting but by algorithms inserted into election tabulation machines.  Dr. Douglas G Frank explains information he discovered as he reviewed election outcomes.  Dr. Frank found the baseline for the 2020 vote was created by applying an algorithm that used the 2010 census to fabricate the illusion of registered voters at a state level (predetermined) and then results are controlled at a county level.  [Video clip]

Minorities drive population growth in US while number of white people declines for the first time, according to census report.  For the first time in U.S history, the number of white people in the nation is expected to show a decline when racial breakdowns of the 2020 Census are reported this week.  The data, set to be released on August 12, will reveal just how much the ethnic and racial make up of the nation has shifted over the past decade, according to preliminary data seen by The Washington Post.  'Twenty years ago if you told people this was going to be the case, they wouldn't have believed you,' said William Frey, demographer at the Brookings Institution. 'The country is changing dramatically.'

Census experts puzzled by high rate of unanswered questions.  Census Bureau statisticians and outside experts are trying to unravel a mystery:  Why were so many questions about households in the 2020 census left unanswered?  Residents did not respond to a multitude of questions about sex, race, Hispanic background, family relationships and age, even when providing a count of the number of people living in the home, according to documents released by the agency.  Statisticians had to fill in the gaps.

Why Did Biden Census Bureau Add 2.5 Million More Residents to Blue-State Population Count?  There is something very fishy about the new 2020 Census Bureau data determining which states picked up seats and which states lost seats.  Most all of the revisions to the original estimates have moved in one direction:  Population gains were added to blue states, and population losses were subtracted from red states.  The December revisions in population estimates under the Biden Census Bureau added some 2.5 million blue-state residents and subtracted more than 500,000 red-state residents.  These population estimates determine how many electoral votes each state receives for presidential elections and the number of congressional seats in each state.  Is this a mere coincidence?  These population estimates determine how many electoral votes each state receives for presidential elections and the number of congressional seats in each state.  Remember, the House of Representatives is razor-thin today, with the Democrats sporting just a six-seat majority with five seats currently vacant.

House Republicans Believe 2020 Census Results Inflated Populations in Left Leaning States.  What are the odds that the 2020 Census results announced this past week are [tainted]?  President Trump faced another massive attack from the left in relation to the 2020 Census.  These people even petitioned the courts to include non-Americans in the census results and an insane court agreed with them.

GOP reps question Biden admin on alleged 'political interference' in census, citing departure from estimates.  More than a dozen House Republicans Friday are questioning Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on whether there "was any political interference" in the final census numbers used to decide how many House members each state will get for the coming decade.  The letter, first obtained by Fox News, is led by Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee.  The Republican House members cited gaps between the number of House seats some right-leaning states were projected to gain — or some left-leaning states were projected to lose — and the final results announced this week.

CNN's Cuomo, guest insinuate Census Bureau could be up to shenanigans after perceived red state gains.  CNN's Chris Cuomo railed against the Census Bureau on his show Monday with his guest Michael Smerconish and intimated that the agency is actively helping Republicans increase their numbers in Congress.  As mandated in the Constitution, the Census Bureau is tasked with tracking the nation's population growth by state.  It then appropriates the number of seats each state gets in the House of Representatives and that is directly connected to the Electoral College calculation.  They stick to the numbers since they are part of the U.S. Federal Statistical System.  Cuomo seems to believe there is something nefarious going on rather than straight-up demographics.  His on-screen headline read during the segment:  "Census Shifts 3 House Seats from States Biden Won."  But that appears to be biased and not an entirely accurate picture of the seats that the Census Bureau just awarded.

The Editor says...
High taxes, high gas prices, and insurmountable business obstacles have a lot to do with migration.  Yes, the migration away from Democrat-mismanaged cities is real, and it is preventable.

What This Avalanche of Census Data Really Means Politically.  Remember the 2012 terrorist slaughter of four Americans left without protection or rescue in Benghazi?  Their bodies were barely cold the next day before Obama flew to Las Vegas to stage two unseemly fundraisers he refused to postpone.  Another accurate reflection of Obama's political legacy was the devastation of his Democrat Party at the state and local levels during the 2,922 days of his two-term presidency.  That crippled Democrats' efforts to shape congressional redistricting after the 2010 census and to restore at least some of their ability to enact liberal legislation.  Now, 10 years later it's time for another round of redistricting, and [...] Democrats have just barely started to recover politically at the local level.  This leaves Republicans once again to control most of district redrawing to their own benefit for next year's midterm elections and the ensuing decade.  Obama is the GOP's gift that keeps on giving.  At ground level, these Census changes mean that Republicans will control the redrawing of 187 congressional districts, more than twice the 75 under a Dem pen.

Count of Illegal Alien Population Excluded from U.S. Census Data.  An estimation of the number of illegal aliens living in the United States is excluded from early data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau thanks to executive orders from President Joe Biden.  Census Bureau officials released population totals this week, revealing that the U.S. population stands at about 331,449,281 residents, adding more than 22,700,000 residents since 2010. Still unknown is how many of those nearly 331.5 million U.S. residents are illegal aliens.

Congressional Whack-a-Mole.  The For the People Act is an assault on federalism, instituting voting practices rife with fraud, to include mail-in ballots in all states, turns a blind's eye to harvesting, prohibits the purging of voting rolls containing the deceased and those relocated to other states, and establishes a national voter registration.  One of Biden's first executive orders, EO 13986, reversed Trump's efforts to exclude illegal aliens from the decennial census.  Signed on Inauguration Day, it will impact the submission of the 2020 census count delayed by the pandemic until the end of April, making room for non-citizens to be part of the congressional redistricting formula and concentrating political power in the coastal sanctuary cities and states.

Biden's Rapidly Deflating Honeymoon Balloon.  One of Biden's early executive orders was for the Census Bureau to enumerate everybody without regard to whether they are actually citizens, a direct contravention of the constitutional requirement that elections of public officials are to be by citizens.  This is a well-established form of vote harvesting by the Democrats.  A nationality that does not value its own citizenship and regulate admission to it will eventually evaporate or be overwhelmed by foreigners who are not put to the trouble of a military invasion to occupy whatever they wish.  This issue will not go away; it will only become more vexatious.

Census Bureau Orders Halt to Efforts to Comply With Trump Citizenship Mandate.  Census Bureau workers were ordered this week to stop complying with President Donald Trump's order to collect data on the immigration status of people living in the United States, the bureau's director said Wednesday.  Steven Dillingham, the director, said in a memo that he informed officials at the agency "that those involved should 'stand down' and discontinue their data reviews."  Dillingham, a Trump nominee, was writing to Peggy Gustafson, the inspector general for the Department of Commerce.  She told Dillingham on Tuesday that several whistleblowers at the Census Bureau informed her of a directive that the production of a report that includes data on legal and illegal immigrants was the "number one priority" for the director.  The whistleblowers said Dillingham set a Jan. 15 deadline for the report.

What an unfortunate Deep State coincidence.
Census Bureau to miss deadline, jeopardizing Trump plan.  The Census Bureau plans to announce it will miss a year-end deadline for handing in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats, a census official said.  That delay could undermine President Donald Trump's efforts to exclude people in the country illegally from the count if the figures aren't turned in before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.  A census official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter confirmed the delay to the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Justices Punt on Census Apportionment, Toss NY Injunction Against Trump.  At issue in Trump v. New York was a memorandum issued by President Donald Trump to the secretary of the Department of Commerce (where the Census Bureau is housed), directing him to exclude illegal aliens from the population to be used for apportionment of the House of Representatives "to the maximum extent feasible."  Under federal law, the secretary presents the president with the base population to be used for apportionment.  The president then applies a statutory formula to that population to determine the number of members of the House to which each state is entitled.  New York sued over the memorandum and obtained an injunction from a district court judge to prevent the directive from being followed.

Supreme Court Green-Lights Trump Removal of Illegal Aliens From Census Count.  The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government may remove illegal aliens from the 2020 Census count, which eliminates that population from the process of allocating congressional seats and Electoral College votes that officially determine the presidency.  The 6-3 decision in Trump v.  New York issued Dec. 18 is a victory for the Trump administration.  Placed on a judicial fast track because various census-related deadlines are nearing, oral argument took place telephonically before the nine justices on Nov. 30.  The Trump administration wanted illegal aliens removed from the decennial census count to prevent them from having an impact on the apportionment of political power among the states.

Census Bureau denies fake data allegations by census workers.  The U.S. Census Bureau denied any attempts to systemically falsify information during the 2020 head count used to determine the allocation of congressional seats and federal spending, even as more census takers told The Associated Press they were pressured to do so.  The Census Bureau statement was issued Monday night in response to AP reports of census workers who said they were told by supervisors to enter fake answers on the head-count forms in order to close cases in the waning days of the census.  After the AP reported the allegations in Massachusetts and Indiana, 10 other census takers stepped forward and told similar stories of being rushed to close cases as they faced a shortened deadline to end field operations for the 2020 census — even if it meant getting things wrong.

The poor are being USED, on a colossal scale:
The City is Killing America.  [Scroll down]  Cities concentrate civilizational achievements and challenges, but it's been a long time since cities were generating American achievements.  America's cities were once built to house industries and businesses.  Their only real business anymore is the business of government.  That's why the Democrat plan to stack the Senate depends on making D.C. into a state.  American cities aren't hyperdense blocs because of industrial density.  Even as the city went into a decline as an industrial center, municipal governments began building huge stacks of public housing meant to cram as many people as cheaply as possible into a single block.  Why did so many people need to be housed in such a small space?  It wasn't because they had jobs, but because they didn't.  And yet cities needed to keep growing, not because they had too many jobs to fill, but because their political influence depended on human capital. [...] That's what the battle over the census is about.

Supreme Court allows Trump administration to end census count early.  The Supreme Court on Tuesday [10/13/2020] effectively allowed the government to stop the census count immediately, blocking a lower court order that would have required the Trump administration to continue gathering census information in the field until the end of October.  The Census Bureau said it wanted to stop the count so that it could start processing the data to meet a Dec. 31 deadline, set in federal law, for reporting the results to the president.  But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the government to keep going with its field work until Oct. 31, concluding that a longer time in the field would increase accuracy.  In a brief unsigned order, the Supreme Court stayed the appeals court order.

Trump Barred From Omitting Undocumented Immigrants in Census.  President Donald Trump's policy excluding undocumented immigrants from census data violates the law, a panel of federal judges ruled, blocking it from taking effect.  Three judges in Manhattan on Thursday ruled that Congress hadn't given the president authority for the policy.  The case, brought by several states including New York and advocacy groups, is notable because census results are used to determine representation in the House of Representatives and to allocate federal funds.  "Throughout the nation's history, the figures used to determine the apportionment of Congress — in the language of the current statutes, the 'total population' and the 'whole number of persons' in each state — have included every person residing in the United States at the time of the census, whether citizen or non-citizen and whether living here with legal status or without," the judges said in an 86-page opinion.

Illegal aliens and the Census:  Trump drops the other shoe.  Not long ago, President Trump issued a Memorandum on Excluding Illegal Aliens from the Apportionment Base Following the 2020 Census.  As the title telegraphs, it directs the Department of Commerce to provide the president with the information needed for him to exclude illegal aliens from his Report to Congress, to be filed in early January, apportioning seats in the House of Representatives among the states.  The action was not a surprise.  Last year, the Census Bureau tried to add a question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census, only to have the action knocked out by the Supreme Court over the fine points of administrative law — no justice questioned the right and power of the government to develop such information.  Trump responded with an executive order directing all agencies to cooperate with the Commerce Department to develop information about the citizenship status of the population, including, presumptively, numbers and locations of illegal aliens.

ACLU Sues to Get Illegal Aliens Counted in Congressional Apportionment.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing to have illegal aliens counted when apportioning congressional representation. [...] This week, Trump signed a memorandum to exclude illegal aliens from being counted when the federal government apportions congressional representation to the states — a reversal of existing policy that allows states with large illegal populations to soak up more political power by counting all residents rather than legal residents.  The ACLU lawsuit claims not counting illegal aliens in congressional apportionment is unconstitutional.

Gavin Newsom Rages at Trump Discounting Illegal Aliens for States' Representation.  California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday [7/21/2020] decried President Donald Trump's executive order which will exclude Illegal aliens from being counted for purposes of congressional apportioning.  "Counting every person in our country through the Census is a principle so foundational that it is written into our Constitution," Newsom said in a statement.  "This latest action by the administration to exclude undocumented immigrants when determining representation in Congress, rooted in racism and xenophobia, is a blatant attack on our institutions and our neighbors."

The Editor says...
Well, governor, they may be your neighbors (very distantly, I suspect), but if they are here illegally they are not entitled to representation in the Congress.  Anyone other than a public school student should be expected to know that.

President Trump's case for excluding illegal aliens from the Census is stronger than you think.  President Donald Trump has issued an executive memorandum to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to discount illegal aliens who are subject to legal removal from the U.S. Census.  Here, the President is invoking the Fourteenth Amendment, Section 2 of the Constitution, which states, "Representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed."  From the President's memorandum:  "The Constitution does not specifically define which persons must be included in the apportionment base.  Although the Constitution requires the 'persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed,' to be enumerated in the census, that requirement has never been understood to include in the apportionment base every individual physically present within a State's boundaries at the time of the census.  Instead, the term 'persons in each State' has been interpreted to mean that only the 'inhabitants' of each State should be included."

Trump planning executive order to exclude illegal immigrants from census.  President Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will officially forbid illegal immigrants from being included in the 2020 United States census.  It is unclear when the order will officially come down, according to Reuters, which first reported the news.  The decennial count of the US population plays an enormous role in determining how federal money is spent and in deciding the allocation of representation in the 50 states.  Population shifts between the decades can have significant consequences.  New York and Ohio lost two members of the House of Representatives after the 2010 census, while Texas picked up four.

Democratic hopes fade of redrawing electoral map to their advantage.  Democrats learned the hard way 10 years ago that elections leading up to a decennial census aren't just about the White House.  Democratic state parties are jostling for power in their legislatures so they can exert some influence on the congressional and local redistricting process set to take place in 2021 after the 2020 census.  Doing so can help them tip congressional contests in their favor or secure control of their statehouses until the next decade's headcount when it's constitutionally mandated that district maps be redrawn.  If they don't have independent redistricting commissions, that is.

Trump Expected to Issue Order Excluding Undocumented Migrants From Census.  President Donald Trump is expected to soon issue an executive order that would ban undocumented immigrants from being included in the 2020 census count of every person living in the United States, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.  The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, had no details of the order.  The timing of the order was unclear.  It was possible it could be issued as early as Friday, the source said.  The government's census count helps in determining where taxpayer money is spent for building public facilities like schools, hospitals and fire departments, as well as calculating states' apportionment in the U.S. House of Representatives.

University tells illegal immigrants to fill out census forms.  The University of California-Berkeley Undocumented Students Program held an online presentation on the U.S. Census, during which illegal immigrant students were encouraged to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census.  According to a report by the Daily Californian, the presentation was led by Griselda Martinez, a sophomore at UC-Berkeley and a census community organizer.  It was held for University of California-Berkeley students and specifically focused on illegal immigrant students.

The U.S. Census, Illegals - and Counting Congressional Seats.  The U.S. census is held every 10 years in order to count people, not citizens, and to then allocate congressional seats based on the count.  There are at least 22 million legal non-citizens and 12 million illegal immigrants in our country or 10.4% of our population of 330 million.  They are all non-citizens who will be counted in the census for the purpose of reallocating the 435 U.S. House seats.  This means that 34 U.S. congressional seats will be attributed to non-citizens.  Minnesota, by comparison, gets just eight congressional seats.  This system of counting helps sanctuary states like California gain more congressional seats than if only citizens were counted because of their large illegal alien populations.  No wonder California treats their illegal immigrants with such respect, as those illegals get them additional congressional house seats and all of the power and Federal money that comes along with those seats.

Census Test Proves Asking About Citizenship Doesn't Scare Hispanics.  This week, the Census Bureau released the results of its formal test of the once-proposed, and now prevented, census citizenship question.  The results are a striking rebuke to a recent leftist orthodoxy:  Adding a citizenship question to a test-run of the census had no statistically significant effect on overall response rates.  Even in the communities most sensitive to the question, such as neighborhoods with many Hispanics, response rates dropped only slightly.  To understand why this report is significant, step back to March 2018, when Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the 2020 census would include a question about citizenship status.  Leftists were immediately outraged, seeing the addition as a racist conspiracy.

New census numbers undercut 'ascendant America' theory.  From the first years of a century already one-fifth completed, we've been told that a new, ascendant America — more nonwhite, more culturally liberal, more feminist — was going to dominate our politics for years to come.  Those predictions have, partially, come true.  Barack Obama was elected and reelected president in 2008 and 2012, and Democrats won majorities in House contests in 2006, 2008, and 2018.  But those are slimmer pickings than the emerging majorities were promised.

House Dems Sue Barr, Ross over 'Brazen Obstruction' of Census Subpoenas.  The House Oversight and Reform Committee filed a lawsuit Tuesday [11/26/2019] against Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for failing to comply with subpoenas issued as part of the probe into the White House's effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info.  The U.S. Census Bureau is asking states for drivers' license records that typically include citizenship data and has made a new request for information on recipients of government assistance, alarming some civil rights advocates.

Census Bureau Seeks to Hire Non-U.S. Citizens Ahead of 2020.  The Census Bureau is pursuing a legal loophole that its officials believe would allow them to temporarily hire non-U.S. citizens as part of its efforts to reach populations that are difficult to count, including in non-English speaking and immigrant communities.  People employed by the Census Bureau, including those hired temporarily, are considered federal employees and are legally required to be U.S. citizens.  Specifically, the annual Appropriations Act prohibits the use of appropriated funds to employ noncitizens within the U.S.

2020 Census Citizenship Question Exposes True Open Borders Agenda.  The population count produced by the 2020 Census will be the foundation for Congress' adoption of revised apportionment of the 435 seats in Congress.  Does a new apportionment based on new Census numbers mean a count based on all persons, all citizens, or something else?  Such questions will be debated in Congress and litigated all the way to the Supreme Court before we know the answers, but the debate must begin with an accurate count in the Census.

Trump and Barr counter-punch on the Census and illegal aliens.  For decades, the question of including illegal aliens in the official Census count for purposes of apportioning U.S. House seats and electoral votes has not been discussed.  The Census Bureau includes them, and then the states use the same numbers for drawing their internal lines for U.S. House seats and state legislatures.  Now, with the increased attention to illegal immigration, it has become apparent that the issue actually involves two profound constitutional questions: first, whether illegal aliens must be counted for purposes of apportionment, and second, whether a state must count them in drawing its internal lines.  No definitive law exists on the first question.

No, Illegal Immigrants Should Not Be Included In The Census.  It is useful to start with a not-so-hypothetical possibility.  Suppose that next April 1, the official counting day for the 2020 census, a caravan of 10,000 citizens of Honduras storms across the U.S. border into Texas.  Their leaders proceed to proclaim intent to remain as permanent residents.  According to the Census Bureau's Residence Rule, they can immediately fill out census forms and be included in the population of Texas for purposes of determining the state's number of House seats and Electoral College votes.  Similarly, the 1 million people subject to final deportation orders who remain in this country must be counted.  The bureau's current test is whether someone resides here, regardless of legal status, and nothing in its rule excludes them.

Census Battle:  Trump Signs Executive Order on Collection of Citizenship Data.  President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will take executive action to direct the Department of Commerce to obtain an estimate of U.S. citizens from records provided by federal government agencies.  "I am hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide the Department of Commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and noncitizens in our country," the president stated in the Rose Garden of the White House with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr by his side.

Turns out, Trump didn't give up on counting both legal and illegal US residents.  You've probably heard a lot overnight about President Trump backing down on trying to get a citizenship question on the census questionnaire next year.  Perhaps you too were surprised that this president who takes on even meaningless slights or disagreements on Twitter would give up so easily.  He didn't.

Donald Trump to Unveil Executive Action on Census Citizenship Question.  President Donald Trump is expected to announce new executive action Thursday [7/11/2019] during a news conference on the 2020 census and his push to include a citizenship question.

Why Trump Must Ask About Citizenship On The Census.  In Department of Commerce [v. New York], Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Court's liberal bloc to temporarily enjoin the Trump administration from including the citizenship question on the census.  But as [Josh] Hammer argued in his op-ed, there appears to be an obscure constitutional rationale, buried in the text of the little-used second section of the Fourteenth Amendment, that may actually require the president to include the citizenship question on the census.

Barr says DOJ has a new way to get the citizenship question on the census.  Attorney General William Barr said Monday [7/8/2019] that the Justice Department has a new legal strategy for adding a question about citizenship status onto the 2020 census, according to a new report.  "I think over the next day or two you'll see what approach we're taking," Barr told reporters in South Carolina.  "And I think it does provide a pathway for getting the question on the census."  The attempt by the Justice and Commerce departments to add the question was struck down by a recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision.

Majority of Hispanic voters approve of citizenship question on U.S. census.  Two-thirds of voters approve of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and that includes a majority of Hispanic voters — despite claims by Democratic lawmakers that the inquiry would discourage participation in Latino communities.  A Harvard University Center for American Political Studies/Harris poll found that 67% of all registered U.S. voters say the census should ask the citizenship question when the time comes.  That includes 88% of Republicans, 63% of independents and 52% of Democrats.  Most notably, the poll found that 55% of Hispanic voters favor the idea.

Judge refuses to allow DOJ to change lawyers in census case.  A federal judge in New York refused the Justice Department's effort to change its legal team in a fight over President Trump's push to add a question about citizenship status onto the 2020 census because they did not provide a sufficient explanation.  "Defendants provide no reasons, let alone 'satisfactory reasons,' for the substitution of counsel," wrote U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman, who is presiding over one of three lawsuits that aim to keep to the citizenship question off the census.  Furman said any future motions to withdraw would need to be supported by a signed and sworn affidavit.

Pelosi says Trump is trying to 'Make America White Again' with census question.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday [7/8/2019] blasted President Trump's push for a citizenship question on the 2020 census as an effort to "Make America White Again" — claiming, "it's not what our founders had in mind."  "They want to make sure that people, certain people, are counted," Pelosi said at a press conference in San Francisco that focused on election security.  "Just their people vote and not the general population," said the Democratic lawmaker.  "That's why they're fighting the census."

Majority want citizenship question on census, 53%-32%.  Americans by a wide margin agree with President Trump that the upcoming 2020 census should ask a citizenship question.  The latest Economist/YouGov poll found that 53% feel it should ask the question versus 32% who don't.

Department of Justice Has New Legal Team to Fight Census Battle.  On Sunday night [7/7/2019] the Department of Justice announced that it has a new legal team to fight the census battle unfolding in the court.  The Trump Administration is being sued by special interest groups for including a question on the 2020 census asking about the respondents citizenship status.  The DoJ said the agency is "shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers."

Did You Know Democrats Are Packing Congressional Seats Via Millions Of Non-Citizen Votes?  Congressional districts are allocated by CITIZEN population based upon the 10-year census.  That's why Democrats and the media are now so opposed to having a citizen question included in the census.  They don't want Americans to know how many illegals are directly influencing the U.S. government.  These millions of illegals are canceling out the votes of citizens and reshaping Congress, meaning those illegals are creating a Congress that works for them and not for you.

Trump's Citizenship Question Isn't Controversial.  Obama Deleting It Should've Been.  President Trump's citizenship question on the upcoming U.S. census is, contrary to popular opinion, the norm for the decennial survey.  Barack Obama was the first President to exclude a question on citizenship in the U.S. Census.  But today, the Trump administration is being assailed from the Left for its efforts to include the question.  The Left has responded typically, with accusations of racism.  The question of nationality, they claim, is a danger to immigrants.  There has also been no shortage of confusion as to whether President Donald Trump would go forward with its addition.

Roberts Court Says Citizenship Can Be Asked — So Do It.  To be clear, I believe the President asking the citizenship question is not only correct, but it is the only thing to do if one believes in the Constitution and the rule of law.  The Constitution requires that we conduct a census.  We conduct the census every 10 years.  It requires counting "persons," but we have throughout our history counted persons and also asked other important questions, including citizenship.  It is my belief we should ask that question, and according to reliable polling, 88% of Republicans, 67% of all Americans support the question being asked.  Importantly, is the belief of the President and his administration that we should include a question asking about citizenship.  Doing so is important for numerous reasons.

Censoring the census.  The notion of history repeating itself is usually viewed as a negative statement, but some history is worth repeating because we might learn and be guided by it.  In last week's 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting the Trump administration's claim that adding a question about whether a person is a U.S. citizen was for the purpose of helping to enforce the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John Roberts left the door open for the administration to come up with a more compelling reason.  Whether this can be done in time for the 2020 Census is doubtful without an extension for document printing.  The court is on summer recess and won't revisit the issue, if at all, until its next session.

White House Considering Executive Order on the Census Citizenship Question.  The Trump administration has a 2pm deadline on Friday [7/5/2019] to explain to a federal Maryland judge how it plans to proceed with the printing of the census.  The Maryland judge is just one of three judges presiding over different lawsuits brought against the Trump administration regarding a question planned for the 202o census that planned to ask respondents if they are a U.S. citizen.

Alabama versus the Census.  The real issue, as every fool knows, is that the Census includes illegal aliens for purposes of apportioning legislative seats and electoral votes, a practice with profound effects on our political system.  Understanding the dimensions of the issue is crucial to the functioning of our polity. [...] The issue of the Census question on citizenship is important, but more significant is a case in a U.S. District Court in Alabama, in which the state and U.S. representative Mo Brooks claim that the Constitution actually prohibits inclusion of illegal aliens in the population base for purposes of apportionment.  The MSM pay no attention to this lawsuit because they want to keep the Overton Window firmly fixed.  But the plaintiffs have serious arguments, and even if they lose, they should open our collective eyes to possibilities of congressional or presidential action.

Censoring the census citizenship question is about politics, not the law.  In last week's 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court rejecting the Trump administration's claim that adding a question about whether a person is a U.S. citizen was for the purpose of helping to enforce the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John Roberts left the door open for the administration to come up with a more compelling reason.  Whether this can be done in time for the 2020 Census is doubtful without an extension for document printing.  The Court is on summer recess and won't re-visit the issue, if at all, until its next session.

President Trump Slams SCOTUS Decision to Block Citizenship Question on Census — Seeks to Delay 2020 Census.  The President is now seeking to delay the 2020 census.  "Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed Country, cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship in a very expensive, detailed and important Census, in this case for 2020," Trump said.  "I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long, until the United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter.  Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able the ask whether or not someone is a Citizen.  Only in America!" he said.

The Supreme Court Just Ruled On The Census Citizenship Question.  The Supreme Court ordered further proceedings in the dispute over a citizenship question on the 2020 census form Thursday, saying the Trump administration apparently concealed its true reason for adding the query.  Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the Court's opinion, portions of which were unanimous.

Supreme Court tosses citizenship question from 2020 census forms, a victory for Democratic states.  The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration cannot include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census form that goes to every U.S. household, giving a win to mostly Democratic populous states that said the question would discourage legal and illegal immigrants from responding and make the population count less accurate.  The court was deeply fractured on the issue, but on the section that essentially eliminated the citizenship question, the vote was 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four-member liberal wing of the court.

U.S. Census Bureau to Use High Tech for Accurate Census Count.  The Census Bureau is planning to use high tech aerial technology to collect census data for the 2020 census.  Images from remote communities will be used to determine geographies, verify addresses and send workers out to collect information.  Critics are worried that using traditional methods or using telephones or the internet might disadvantage people who don't have access to those things.

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How many people do not have a telephone or internet access?  Maybe one out of ten thousand?  Do those people vote?  Would 9,999 out of ten thousand be an acceptably accurate count?  This is a ruse, designed to facilitate census fraud, i.e., election fraud.

The Census 'Controversy' That Wasn't.  Should the U.S. Census Bureau know how many U.S. citizens are living in the country?  Most people support the idea that it's a reasonable question for the government to ask, which is why the census has asked it in one form or another since 1820.  The question has migrated across various Census Bureau forms; the 1960 census didn't include a citizenship question, for example, but instead asked about place of birth.  The citizenship question was included on the long-form census (which is sent to a smaller number of households than the short form) from 1970-2000; the long form was eliminated in 2010.  But the Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey (ACS) has asked about citizenship every year.  Why?  As the U.S. Census Bureau notes, "Agencies and policymakers use our published statistics to set and evaluate immigration policies and laws, understand the experience of different immigrant groups, and enforce laws, policies, and regulations against discrimination based on national origin.  These statistics also help tailor services to accommodate cultural differences."

Jim Jordan: 'Why Don't Dems Want to Know How Many Citizens Are in Country?'.  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) blasted his Democratic colleagues on Wednesday [6/12/2019] as the House Oversight Committee prepared to hold a vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in contempt over their alleged refusal to comply with subpoenas relating to the citizenship question on the 2020 census.  "The only [people] who don't want to ask the question [are] Democrats in Washington," Jordan concluded.

Not asking who's a citizen in the 2020 census is 'totally ridiculous' says Trump.  Donald Trump said Wednesday [6/12/2019] that he favors a plan to ask United States residents if they are U.S. citizens when the once-a-decade census surveys people next year.  'I think it's totally ridiculous that we would have a census without asking,' he told reporters in the Oval Office.  The president asserted executive privilege over census-related documents earlier in the day, blocking House Democrats from learning what led Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr to restore the question which was part of the census until 1950.

Jordan stands up to Cummings on US census: 'Why don't the Dems want to know?'.  Rep. Jim Jordan unloaded on Democrats during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing Wednesday [6/12/2019], asking what they were so afraid of in asking a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.  The top Republican on the House Oversight Committee called out his Democrat colleagues for wanting to push through a hearing before the Supreme Court rules on the issue.

Trump's Citizenship Question Is Racist?  What About Clinton's and Obama's?  The debate over the Trump Administration's proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census is heating up again.  A federal judge in New York held a hearing on this question this week, and the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on this matter by month's end.  The Right seems tongue-tied on this issue amid the Left's predictable and vile claims that this question is fueled by — what else? — racism.  Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said the citizenship question is "nothing more than a pretext to carry out the Trump Administration's racist agenda." [...] The fastest way to humiliate the Left into silence on this matter is to display the images of the 2000 Census, in which Bill Clinton asked the very same question.  "Is this person a citizen of the United States?"

Don't count on competence of census takers.  Years ago, a whistleblower told me that census field operators were cheating on surveys, particularly the ones for the unemployment rate that are done by the US Labor Department.  Instead of actually going up to peoples' homes, knocking on doors and questioning occupants, the surveyors were filling in the answers themselves.  This cheating even had a name inside the Census Bureau — "curbstoning."  What that means is that they sat on a curb and filled out the surveys themselves.  That compromised the validity of the nation's unemployment rate that's published monthly.  There were congressional investigations and hearings, and things were supposed to change — although I doubt they did since my whistleblower was punished for her conscientious efforts.  (She's now suing the government and hopefully she'll collect big.)

A quarter of Americans don't trust Census on citizenship:  Reuters/Ipsos poll.  The Trump administration has repeatedly assured Americans that it will not use data from a proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census to target undocumented immigrants.  But more than a quarter of Americans don't believe it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The Census Isn't a Threat to the Nation; Anti-Trump Hysteria Is.  [Scroll down]  President Trump, through his commerce secretary, is asking people who respond to the census whether they are U.S. citizens.  Could there be a thinner basis on which to charge a president, not to mention the Supreme Court, with lawlessness?  Mind you, the court hasn't even ruled on the issue yet, but even if it does, it is the justices' prerogative to say what the law allows, not E.J. Dionne's.  Yet according to him, Trump's "brazen attacks on American institutions and the court's partisanship" are both the results of what he calls "a radicalization of American conservatism."  In what is a classic case of projection, he says that "Republicans and conservative ideologues — including the ones wearing the robes of justice — are destabilizing our institutions in pursuit of power."

Census and Citizenship: The Wrong Question.  As is so often the case with Democrats, they're attempting to sell this one on the basis of principle, when it's about power and nothing else.  Congressional districts are apportioned on the basis of the census count, which includes illegals.  So not counting citizens of other countries in the census means fewer Democrats in Congress.  Population — of Americans and otherwise — is also the basis for handing out federal grant money.  These are the only reasons why Democrats don't want to scare off Mexicans and Colombians and Salvadorans and Guatemalans from participating in the census.  They also explain why when Democrats say they too want border security, they're lying.  They don't.  It's not in their power interest to in any way slow the flow of undocumented Democrats from south of the border.

Beware Soros-Funded Hijacking of US Census.  "Are you a U.S. citizen?"  Only in self-defeating, sovereignty-eroding America is the idea of asking whether people living in America are American citizens for the American census a matter of controversy.  On Tuesday [4/23/2019], the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the Trump administration can include a citizenship question on the high-stakes 2020 Census questionnaire.  Thank goodness, the conservative majority indicated support for allowing it.  There's already such a question on the annual American Community Survey administered by the Census Bureau.  It was asked in long-form questionnaires sent to a sample of households in 2000.  And it was regularly asked in historical census forms from 1820-1950.

Will the Supreme Court Get It Right on the Census Citizenship Question?  Court watchers seem to think that the Supreme Court will end up overturning a lower court ruling and allow the Trump administration to add a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.  The New York Times, for example, led its coverage of the arguments on Tuesday [4/23/2019] by saying:  "The Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed ready on Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census, which critics say would undermine its accuracy by discouraging both legal and unauthorized immigrants from filling out the forms."  Let's leave aside the newest euphemism for illegal immigrants.  (Immigrants who are here illegally are "unauthorized"?  Does that mean bank robbers can say they're just making an "unauthorized withdrawal"?)  The practical case against adding a citizenship question falls apart once you start looking at it.

Supreme Court Signals Support for Trump's Census Citizenship Question.  Key U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to let the Trump administration add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census in a clash that will shape the allocation of congressional seats and federal dollars.  In an 80-minute argument Tuesday [4/23/2019] that was both technical and combative, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh directed almost all their questions to the lawyers challenging the decision to ask about citizenship.  Kavanaugh said Congress gave the Commerce secretary "huge discretion" to decide what to ask on the census.

Why the Census Citizenship Question Matters.  Much noise has been made about reinstating a citizenship question on the 2020 census, the subject of Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments.  The objections to the citizenship question revolve around unjustified hysteria and the unfortunate, but growing, notion that citizenship doesn't matter.  As attorney general of Oklahoma, I filed an amicus curiae brief joined by 16 other states in support of the citizenship question, in part to bring some sober thinking that should quell the unreasonable panic.

Liberals Tell Supreme Court How Illegal Immigration Increases Their Power.  Liberals in the U.S. House of Representatives and various state and local jurisdictions are asking the Supreme Court to join them in making a remarkable prediction:  Next year, they argue, unless the court acts now to restrain the Department of Commerce, vast numbers of illegal aliens will violate a U.S. law that has profound constitutional consequences.  This widespread law breaking, they predict, will impact federal elections for at least 10 years.  And, these liberals contend, the bad guys in this situation will not be the illegal aliens violating the law but the federal agency trying to enforce it.  We are talking about the 2020 census.

Justice Sotomayor:  Hispanics have 'rational fear' of Trump administration citizenship question.  Hispanics have "legitimate fear" of the Trump administration and its quest to query Americans about their citizenship on the 2020 Census, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday, as the Supreme Court debated whether President Trump has the power to add the question back in to the decennial count.  The government's lawyer, Solicitor General Noel Francisco, was less than two sentences into his argument when Justice Sotomayor pounced for the first time, keeping up a steady stream of questions suggesting Mr. Trump and his team invented reasons to ask about citizenship, and that Hispanics, in particular, will refuse to take part, souring the all-important survey.  "Are you suggesting they don't have, whether it is rational or not, that they don't have a legitimate fear?" Justice Sotomayor demanded.

Supreme Court to Hear Census Citizenship Question Case on Tuesday.  The Enumeration Clause in Article I of the Constitution requires a nationwide census be taken every ten years.  The Census Act empowers the head of the Commerce Department to determine what the census will ask, aside from the number of persons residing at every address in the nation.  Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross decided for the Trump administration that the census will ask each person in the nation next year if that person is a citizen of the United States.

As census approaches, many Arab Americans feel left out.  Yousuf Abdelfatah already knows the answer he'll give about his race on the 2020 census questionnaire will be wrong.  He's an Arab American, but the only race options on the census are white, black, Asian and categories for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander.

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This style of writing has become a cliché in the print media:  The writer starts off with an emotional tale about some likable (usually young) person who, presumably, has never done anything wrong in his or her life, yet he or she is now the hapless victim of some government policy that the article is intended to change.  It's propaganda masquerading as journalism, in other words.  In this case, the Associated Press wants us to feel sorry for the central character in this melodrama because he has to identify as white.  (Oh, how awful!)  Is Muslim a race now?  The sob story ain't workin'.

Pelosi: Asking People if They Are Citizens Serves 'No Legitimate Government Objective'.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) put out a statement Monday [4/1/2019] supporting an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives arguing that the Census Bureau should not be permitted to ask people in the 2020 census whether they are citizens of the United States. [...] "The Department of Commerce's proposed citizenship question[] is both unlawful and unconstitutional, violating the Census Act as well as the clear constitutional mandate of an 'actual Enumeration' of the people in our country in a way that is accurate and nonpartisan," Pelosi said.  "This question, by the Commerce Department's own calculations, would reduce the accuracy of the 2020 decennial Census, while providing no legitimate government objective."  "Instead," Pelosi said, "it would inject fear and distrust into our most vulnerable communities, potentially making traditionally undercounted communities even further under-represented, financially excluded and left behind."

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A non-citizen is entitled to less consideration and privilege than a second-class citizen.  There are no "undercounted communities."  It is not unreasonable to survey the population looking for illegal aliens.  Illegal aliens should be under-represented in Congress.  They are not supposed to be represented at all.  That's what this whole issue is about.

Jody Hice:  Democrats Worried Census Citizenship Question Will Endanger House Majority.  Last week the House Oversight Committee held a hearing with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over the Donald Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.  Hice, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, told Breitbart News Sunday [3/17/2019] that America has had the citizenship question for decades and that it might impact Democrats' future electoral strength in California because America would not count illegal aliens as citizens and California might receive fewer congressional seats as a result.  One New York Times study suggested New York and California could lose one congressional seat each, while Colorado and Montana would each gain one congressional seat.

Rep. Jim Jordan:  I Don't Know Why Democrats Don't Want to Know How Many Citizens Are in the U.S..  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, said Thursday that he didn't know why Democrats aren't interested in finding out how many U.S. citizens live in the country, and he accused them of politicizing the 2020 Census.  "I do not know why the Democrats don't want to know how many citizens are in the United States of America, but for some reason, they're focused on this question.  Maybe it's politics.  It seems clear to me we are having this hearing today for that reason.  The majority insists on politicizing the 2020 Census," Jordan said in his opening statement.

Second federal judge blocks Trump administration's citizenship question.  A federal judge in California has blocked the Trump administration from including a citizenship question on the 2020 census, ruling the decision to add the question is unconstitutional.  U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the district court in San Francisco is the second federal judge to reject the Trump administration's bid to include the citizenship question on the upcoming census questionnaire.  It's a fraught political issue, with Democrats calling the citizenship question a thinly-veiled effort to supress counting of minorities — a charge Republicans roundly reject.

Another judicial travesty on the 2020 Census citizenship question.  [Scroll down]  Here's the reality:  motive is irrelevant.  What [Wilbur] Ross said he wanted is one thing; he probably should have been more direct.  But the right to know isn't irrelevant.  And all that's being asked for in that Census questionnaire is information — information that every resident is legally bound to answer.  The argument presented from the Left is that illegal aliens won't answer the Census if a citizenship question is on it, and they must be accommodated.  Yet not answering is exactly what's breaking the law, not the question.  Illegals have already broken immigration law by entering the U.S. illegally, setting up shop, having citizen children, and taking jobs.  Many have stolen Americans' identification either to steal money or to pursue work.  The fact that illegals are likely to display the same lawless attitude on the matter of answering the Census just illustrates the chain of lawlessness surrounding illegal immigration.  In squelching the citizenship question, the judge is ruling that the Census should actually accommodate them, not the rest of us, and not the right to know.

Judge calls citizenship question on Census a threat to democracy.  A federal court on Wednesday banned the Trump administration from asking about citizenship on the 2020 census, saying even including the question at this point would threaten the foundations of American democracy.  Judge Richard Seeborg's ruling is the second to ding the administration over the citizenship question.  But where a court in New York gave the Census Bureau a chance at a do-over, Judge Seeborg said there can't be "another bite at the apple."  He issued an outright ban on including the citizenship question in the 2020 count.

The Democrats' 2020 Census Goal:  Turn Purple States Irreversibly Blue.  Reliably Democrat states such as Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey each lost a seat following the 2010 Census, and New York lost two.  Undoubtedly, Democrats, usually guaranteed those states' electoral votes, would like to see gains there after the 2020 Census.  Electoral vote allocations from the 2010 Census expire after the 2020 elections; 2020 data will determine electoral votes from 2022 to 2032.  Do Democrats want the question included because they care about illegal aliens and legal non-citizens having representation or because they care about counting bodies in swing and purple states, including historically red states that are trending purple, such as Texas and Florida?

Federal judge refuses Trump's request to delay ruling on census citizenship question so Supremes can rule.  A federal judge in California is denying the Trump administration's request to delay a ruling on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.  Judge Richard Seeborg, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and an Obama appointee, refused to stay the ruling following the government's request to await a US Supreme Court decision, The Hill reported.

2020 Census:  Should non-citizens be allowed to elect who governs us?  In mid-January, a federal judge blocked an additional question to the survey that wants to ask whether the participant is a U.S. citizen.  The Supreme Court promised yesterday [2/15/2019] to hear the case quickly so that the matter is resolved before the 2020 Census.  The Census is done every ten years so that Congress knows how to regulate federal money and can determine the representation of districts.  The number of electoral votes is also determined by the Census.  Liberal leaders have long been counting illegals in the Census to inflate representation, and then electing representatives who declare their area a "sanctuary" for more illegal populations.  This creates an endless cycle that damages our democracy.

Federal Judge Declines to Block Citizenship Question From 2020 Census.  A federal judge in New York issued a ruling last month that the citizenship question was unlawful.  The Supreme Court is deciding whether to take that on appeal. [...] According to Benny Huang, illegal aliens also warp the census data so that big, liberal states such as New York and California receive more representation in Congress than they are entitled to.  They are literally stealing House seats from other states.

Federal Judge Declines to Block Citizenship Question from US 2020 Census.  A federal judge ruled on Friday the US government can include citizenship question on the US Census.  It makes complete sense so Democrats are against it.  It also affects how much federal funding the sanctuary communities will receive from American taxpayers.  So, of course, Democrats are against this.

Census Fight Is About Dollars and Votes.  hile the national debate continues over how secure our border will be, another aspect of illegal immigration continues to snake its way through the courts.  In 2017, the Trump Administration added a question about citizenship to the upcoming 2020 census; simply, "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" Predictably, the administration was besieged by lawsuits from the Left, calling such a question unconstitutional, illegal, "a direct attack on our constitutional democracy," and predicting it would "inject fear and distrust into vulnerable communities."  Never mind that questions about citizenship appeared on every long form census from 1820 to 1950.

In this age of contention, even a simple census question prompts outrage.  Questions for the census come and go through the years, reflecting changes in society during the 10 years since the previous population count.  When the country was largely rural, for instance, the census asked about the acreage of specific crops.  The first national headcount in 1790, which found 3.9 million people in 13 states, also inquired how many white women and slaves lived in the household.  On its face, the new census question is quite simple really, asking if the respondent is a U.S. citizen.  It was a short-form census question until 2010, when President Barack Obama deleted it.

Judge Blocks Trump Admin from Adding Citizenship Question to 2020 Census.  A federal judge in New York blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 United States Census.  U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman said that while a citizenship question is constitutional, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross failed to follow the correct procedure to include it in the forthcoming census.

5 Reasons The Case Against The Census Citizenship Question Is Wrong.  This week, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ordered the Trump administration to drop its plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census form.  Whatever the legal merits of Furman's decision, the public policy arguments against adding this question back to the Census make no sense.

Judge Blocks Trump Admin from Adding Citizenship Question to 2020 Census.  A federal judge in New York blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 United States Census.  U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman said that while a citizenship question is constitutional, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross failed to follow the correct procedure to include it in the forthcoming census. [...] The question which Ross sought to add reads:  "Is this person a citizen of the United States?"  A question of such nature has not appeared on the census since 1950.

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Judge Jesse Furman was appointed by Barack H. Obama.

Obama Judge Strikes!  Admin Can't Ask on Census If One's a Citizen!  An Obama federal judge in the southern district of New York has ruled against the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.  The Trump administration can't ask if someone is a citizen, even though it was done in 1950.  U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ordered the administration to stop its plans to include the question on forms for the upcoming national head count "without curing the legal defects", the judge identified in his opinion released on Tuesday [1/15/2019].  The Trump administration announced last year that the 2020 census would include a question about U.S. citizenship status.  The left likes to call the question "controversial" because they disagree with it.

Federal judge blocks citizenship question on 2020 census.  A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from asking about citizenship on the 2020 census, ruling that the government cut too many corners in its decision-making on adding the question.  The ruling is a serious blow to President Trump, whose campaign has repeatedly bragged about the controversial question's inclusion.  Judge Jesse M. Furman, an Obama appointee to the bench, rejected immigrant-rights groups' claims that the question was motivated by racism or other nefarious motives, saying those claims went unproven.

Trial Over 2020 Census Citizenship Question Begins in California.  A federal court trial began on Jan. 7 in San Francisco, California, against the Trump administration's decision to reinstate a citizenship question into the 2020 Census.  The trial, comprising of two related cases, challenges the department's decision to re-insert a question that asks people to provide their citizenship status.  This question was last asked in 1950.

California Spends $100 Million to Maximize Census Cash Jackpot.  California is spending over $100 million preparing for the 2020 Census to maintain its top spot to maximize the federal population spending jackpot.  The key for California to keep growing its top spot in state and local government spending that hit $587.9 billion this year is maximizing its number of legal and illegal residents who currently justify $107.5 billion in direct federal transfers and about $376 billion of indirect transfers to pay for federal salaries, income support, student financial aid, U.C. grants, corporate subsidies, and a slew of other items.  California has allocated $100.3 million for "outreach" this year to maximize the number of state residents to be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census.  Only 10 other states have allocated any cash for "outreach."  California's funding is over 27 times the $2.3 million by number-two Georgia and 66 times the $1.5 million funded by number-three Illinois.

Trump should win the Census and citizenship fight.  The question of whether the Census Bureau, in its fast-impending decennial survey of the American public, should ask whether respondents are U.S. citizens is coming quickly to a head in a New York courtroom.  Federal judge Jesse Forman has indicated that a decision will come shortly.  The citizenship question has not been asked since 1950; the Trump administration wants to add it back in.  The "central question" of the case, observes the Washington Post, is "whether there is any clear purpose" to asking about citizenship.  The truth is that there are clear purposes in play for both Republicans and Democrats — neither particularly admirable.  Yet on balance, it's better for the administration to prevail.

High court obliges Trump, will enter census citizenship fray.  The Supreme Court announced Friday [11/16/2018] it will grant an expedited hearing on the Trump administration's request to add a question concerning citizenship to the 2020 census.  The justices set oral argument for February, converting what had been a narrow request involving one part of the case into a full grant of review.  At stake is one of President Trump's key goals — asking people to disclose their citizenship when they take part in the 2020 count.

Supreme Court Halts Wilbur Ross Deposition On Citizenship Question In Census Form.  The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stopped the scheduled deposition of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a legal challenge to the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census form.  The Monday night [10/22/2018] order was unsigned and the vote count was not disclosed, as is typical of matters of this nature.  The Supreme Court's decision will only remain in effect until Oct. 29, by which point the Justice Department must ask the high court to make a final decision regarding Ross' testimony.

Census Win — Supreme Court Strikes Down Activist New York Court in Census Citizenship Ruling.  The most recent reviews of media presentations for this story (The Hill and CNN) reflect MSM disappointment that SCOTUS has ruled in favor of the administration.  The U.S. Commerce Department is adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.  An activist judge in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) — framing a challenge based on the question being discriminatory — ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross must submit to a deposition to discover "the motives" of the decision.  An appellate circuit panel initially agreed with the lower court and ACLU lawyers.  However, U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco asked the Supreme Court to stay the circuit court ruling.  SCOTUS agreed with the administration and blocked the ridiculous activist lawyers from questioning the cabinet; the supreme court does allow the plaintiffs to question the DOJ civil rights division lawyer.

Sessions vows 'emergency' Supreme Court battles amid 'outrageous' discovery rulings by federal judges.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday lit into federal judges for what he called a dramatic uptick in "outrageous" decisions threatening to interfere with the separation of powers by exposing internal White House deliberations.  In a fiery speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, Sessions warned that "once we go down this road in American government, there is no turning back." [...] Sessions specifically singled out New York district court judge Jesse M. Furman, who ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross could be questioned in an ongoing lawsuit concerning the legality of the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Citizenship and the Census.  A question about citizenship status was included in one form or another in every decennial census from 1890 through 1950.  In subsequent censuses from 1960 through 2000, that item appeared in the so-called long-form questionnaire, mailed to a sample of 15 percent or 20 percent of the population; it was not included in the short-form questionnaire administered to the other 80 percent to 85 percent of households.  The Census Bureau continues to include the citizenship question in its more detailed American Community Survey (ACS), administered to samples of the population every month, with cumulative results summarized annually.  With the inauguration of the ACS in 2005, the Census Bureau decided that it could dispense with the long-form questionnaire in the 2010 census while administering the streamlined short form to the entire population.  When the long form was discarded, the citizenship question disappeared along with it, and thus was not included in the 2010 census.

Obama's third term: 13 times courts said Trump must continue Obama's lawless policies.  [#6] Take the Census, but don't find out who's a citizen:  In July, Judge Jesse M. Furman indicated during oral arguments that he would side with the liberal states suing the Department of Commerce for adding a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form.  Granted, it was not just Obama who stopped asking this all-important question, but this question was asked from the founding on up through the 1950s.  But Trump can't simply restore this commonsense practice.

Dems go wild over 'Are you a citizen?' on census.  Democrats became apoplectic when Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that the 2020 Census would include a question about citizenship.  Led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, whose state incidentally boasts the largest number of illegal aliens in the country, Democrats filed a lawsuit aimed at blocking the Census Bureau from including a question on citizenship.  Senate Democrats also demanded hearings on the matter.  Yet some of those same Democrats are pushing passage of The Census Equality Act to include questions related to sexual orientation and gender identity on the next census.

People who refuse to answer 2020 census citizenship question [are] unlikely to be prosecuted.  People who refuse to answer the citizenship question on the 2020 census are breaking the law — but there is little chance they will be fined, much less sent to jail, for their obstinacy.  It has been nearly a half-century since anyone was prosecuted for refusing to answer, and legal analysts say the law is now more of a prompt than a threat backed by punishments.  Although census takers always encounter refusals, the number next time could be higher than average thanks to the question that the Justice Department sought and the Commerce Department agreed to add to the decennial count.  The Commerce Department oversees the Census Bureau.

Trump administration showed 'bad faith' in adding citizenship to census, judge says.  A federal judge expressed skepticism Tuesday over the Trump administration's move to add a citizenship question onto the main 2020 census, saying the states have made a good argument that the federal government acted in "bad faith."  U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman, an Obama appointee, said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initially claimed that he added the question at the request of the Justice Department was undercut by his recent admission that he was thinking about it even before then.  He ordered the government to disclose a host of information on its decision-making, and signaled he's unlikely to toss the lawsuit, as the Trump administration had asked.

Census Bureau Has Been Co-Opted by Leftist Ideologues.  Whether you are a citizen or not is a valid question in a civic-minded constitutional democracy.  Whether your parents are ethnic Chinese born in Peru or you are a nonpracticing heterosexual, not so much.  And yet, the inclusion of a citizenship question and other changes rightly being made by the Trump administration to the 2020 census caused a lamentably predictable furor on Thursday [6/14/2018], at the first day of the spring 2018 meeting of the Census Bureau's National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations.

Rep. William Lacy Clay on 2020 Census Citizenship Question: 'American Version of Ethnic Cleansing'.  Democrats who oppose the Trump administration's move to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census held a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, including Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. (D-MO), who compared it to killings based on race.  "Let's not fool each other," Clay said.  "We know what this is."  "This is the Trump administration's American version of ethnic cleansing in order to blur the lines of accuracy in the Census," Clay said.  "That's what this question is about."  "That's what the motivation is," Clay continued.  "This is to have an inaccurate Census so that they can continue denying the fact that this country is becoming more browner and blacker."

Calif. Gov. Brown Wants to Ensure 'Every Californian Is Counted' for 2020 Census.  California Gov. Jerry Brown (D.) is voicing opposition to the Trump administration's decision to include a citizenship status question on the 2020 federal census, and he is not taking any chances the census might result in his state losing billions in federal funding or decrease its congressional representation.  Brown signed an executive order Friday creating a 25 member commission to guide outreach efforts in preparation for the 2020 census, according to The Los Angeles Times.  The governor's announcement comes as the Trump administration plans to move forward with its plan to include a citizenship status question on the federal census questionnaire.  The commission will outline engagement and outreach strategies, including multi-language advertising campaigns, to ensure as many Californians as possible, regardless of citizenship, participate in the decennial count.  Brown's commission includes experts from the fields of media relations, civic engagement, LGBTQ advocacy, and business, amongst others.

Census Citizenship Question: 5 Arguments Against It — And Why They're All Bogus.  Critics say that the constitutionally mandated decadal Census isn't about determining citizenship levels.  It's simply about counting the total population to determine congressional representation.  And that's true.  However, the Census has always asked a multitude of questions beyond simply how many people live at a particular address.  The 2010 Census asked about age, race, Hispanic origin.  In the past, the Census form asked about occupation, education, even indoor plumbing.  What's more, the citizenship question was part of the Census form all the way through 1950.

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Rhode Island considers cash incentives to win new residents before Census.  One Rhode Island state representative wants to pay cash to people willing to move there, as the state faces the prospect of losing half their congressional delegation after the next census and reapportionment process.  State Rep. Carlos Tobon (D) has introduced legislation that would give families $833.33 per month — up to $10,000 — to move to Rhode Island for a year.  Those families would be counted in the 2020 census as Rhode Island residents.  The goal, Tobon said, is to attract enough residents to maintain Rhode Island's two seats in the House of Representatives at a time when most population projections show the state has not grown fast enough to warrant two seats.

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This could be construed as buying votes.  If you accept compensation to reside in a state for a year, specifically for the purpose of tampering with the outcome of the census, which then amplifies the power of that state in the House of Representatives, you abetting an attempt to affect the balance of power in the Congress.  Are you willing to relocate to another part of the country at the request of the highest bidder?  To migrate across state lines for a better job is one thing, but this bonus is for one year only, and $10,000 is not enough:  That's not much more than it would cost most people to move to Rhode Island, and it's certainly not enough to compensate for the high cost of living there, not to mention the cost of heating one's house in Rhode Island's long winters.  None of this matters much, because the idea is unlikely to become law.  Where is the State of Rhode Island going to get ten thousand dollars, multiplied by the number of additional residents they'd need to acquire another seat in the House of Representatives?  That would be a lot of money.

2020 Census:  Counting Citizens Likely to Shift Power from Illegal Alien-Flooded Coasts to Middle America.  Counting American citizens on the 2020 Census, as President Donald Trump's administration has announced they will do, is likely to shift power away from coastal states harboring large illegal alien populations and towards middle America.  The addition of the citizenship question to the Census does not come with the mandate that congressional apportionments for each state will be based on the number of citizens, rather than entire populations, including citizens, noncitizens, and illegal aliens.  Down the road, though, should Congress choose to apportion congressional districts based on the number of citizens rather than the entire districts' population, states with large illegal alien populations would likely lose a few congressional districts, while states with few illegal aliens could gain districts.

Illegal Immigration Gives Cities Political Power.  The Commerce Department has announced that a question will be added to the 2020 Census asking about respondents' citizenship status.  Democrats have responded with fury, and twelve states, led by California, will be suing to stop the change.  While their argument is that the question will discourage illegal immigrants from participating in the survey, there is another, related reason why the urban elites who now dominate the Democratic party are afraid of this simple question.

24 million could skip census because of citizenship question:  Report.  The man who ran the 2000 census for the Clinton administration predicted Friday that more than 24 million people may refuse to take part in the 2020 count now that the survey is going to ask about citizenship status.  Robert Shapiro, who was under secretary at the Commerce Department during the 2000 count, called the decision to ask about citizenship "dangerous."  He predicted 6.8 million illegal immigrants will duck the count altogether, as would about half of the 8.8 million legal residents who live in a household with an illegal immigrant present.  The other half, he said, will likely lie and claim the illegal immigrants are citizens, further distorting the count.

A frivolous lawsuit against Trump's census question.  A new lawsuit by liberal state attorneys general is trying to stop the Trump administration asking people whether they are citizens on the 2020 census.  This was as inevitable as night following day.  But can this case be taken seriously, and should it be?  It may be that the citizenship question simply encourages people to lie.  But it cannot be reasonably claimed to violate anyone's constitutional powers or rights.  If you don't like it, pass a law.  If you can't pass a law, too bad.

Trump Census Citizenship Question Helps Black Americans.  After the Commerce Department decided to ask if people filling out the census are citizens, the crazed racial Left mobilized and called the change the return of Jim Crow. [...] Anytime honest elections are promoted, Jim Crow appears.

Liberals, get over it, we must ask about citizenship!  Liberals are outraged over the Trump administration's decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.  The query, they say, may deter some people who are in the country illegally from participating in the decennial headcount.  So what?  The census will provide the data for how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal program funds are distributed, and also determine how many seats each state has in the House of Representatives, as well as how many Electoral College votes go to each state.  None of those questions should be influenced by the presence of undocumented people.  People who are not citizens are not allowed to vote.  So why should they be given representation in Congress?  Should Arizona get more seats in the House because it has a large population of undocumented people, giving it more clout than Maine, for instance, that has few?  No, it should not.  But it does now.

Census citizenship question is just plain common sense.  The United States — like any sovereign nation — has a right to know who its citizens are.  And who, within its borders, is not a citizen.  The Trump administration has announced it will include a citizenship status question on the national census that is conducted every 10 years, beginning in 2020.

Trump and the Great Unmasking of the Left.  California's attorney general, Xavier Bacerra, announced his intention to sue — on unspecified grounds — to prevent the federal government from inquiring about citizenship status in the 2020 census.  Citizenship is being declared irrelevant, which has been a long term goal of the Left, but one that they have been hesitant to publicly embrace.  The notion that someone who violates the border and enters the United States has the same status as people who are citizens is repellant to most Americans, because they value the rights and respect the responsibilities of citizenship, and take pride in being citizens.

The leftist romance with lawlessness.  Over the years, the Census Bureau has asked all sorts of questions.  Do you have running water?  Do you use a toilet?  Bath or shower?  Working telephone?  What is your monthly mortgage?  What color is your skin?  These are all fun questions.  But none of them has anything to do with whether the people in the residence should be counted for the purpose of determining equal representation in Congress.  "Are you a citizen?"  That most certainly does.  We could have a debate about whether legal residents who are not citizens — but in the country legally — should be represented in Congress.  But how dare any politician dilute the rights of legal American citizens by granting the exact same rights and representation in Congress to illegal aliens.  These are the same devious politicians who proclaim most loudly to want to protect and guarantee equal representation in Congress for minority citizens such as black Americans.  Yet they eagerly diminish that representation by lumping in illegal aliens.

NAACP, Prince George's County, Maryland Sue Feds Over 2020 Census Preparations.  The NAACP and Prince George's County, Md., are suing the federal government over 2020 Census preparations in an effort to prevent "African Americans and other people of color in communities" nationwide from being undercounted.  The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, "seeks to compel the Bureau of the Census, an agency within the Department of Commerce, to prepare for and conduct a full and fair Census in 2020, as the U.S. Constitution expressly requires."  "The NAACP is committed to ensuring that the 2020 Census does not systematically undercount communities having large African-American populations, such as inner-city neighborhoods, while substantially overcounting communities that are less racially diverse," NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement.

Here's the Real Reason Dems Oppose Census Change.  Monday's announcement that the U.S. Census Bureau will include a citizenship question in its decennial head count in 2020 sparked all kinds of caterwauling from the Left and a legal challenge from the Golden State.  California Secretary of State Alex Padilla called the move an attempt "to stoke the fires of anti-immigrant hostility."  Government funding is based, in part, on population figures.  But Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), said on "The Laura Ingraham Show" Tuesday [3/27/2018] that California politicians are most concerned about the loss of congressional seats.

Democrats run scared over census citizenship question.  Apparently, asking people in the U.S. whether they are citizens of the U.S. or not, in the decennial census, is presenting a big crisis for Democrats. [...] The argument goes that illegals won't answer the census out of fear that their immigration status will be found out and then not be counted in the census.  If a lot of them refuse, then Democrats could lose seats in Congress.  It says a lot about the base of the Democratic Party that non-citizens are that important to them, the very basis of why they are in office at all.  Talk about foreign influence in the U.S. elections.

CNN: Changes to Census Are 'Designed to Drive Down Participation and Benefit Republicans Politically'.  Since the announcement from the Commerce Department that the 2020 Census questionnaire will include a question asking participants whether or not they are citizens, the hosts and guests of CNN's New Day have been working overtime to try and convince Americans that this proposal is racist.

Only in the US is it controversial for the census to ask about citizenship.  The public should applaud the Trump administration and the Commerce Department for reinstating a citizenship question on the 2020 census form.  Despite the howls of hysterical protests coming from political partisans, this is long overdue and in accord with historical practice.  The Constitution requires an "actual Enumeration" every decade, and the priority of the census, as outlined by Karen Dunn Kelley, the under secretary for Economic Affairs at the Commerce Department in her March 26 announcement, is "obtaining complete and accurate data."  That data is used for everything from enforcement of the Voting Rights Act to the distribution of federal funding.  We have also been in the midst of a contentious debate for more than a decade about immigration.  To have an informed debate, shouldn't we have accurate information about the citizen/noncitizen population of the country?

Blue states sue Trump over census citizenship question.  Democratic attorneys general in several states said Tuesday [3/27/2018] they would bring legal action to stop the Trump administration from adding a question on citizenship to the next U.S. census, a question they said would lead to serious undercounts that could reverberate for years to come.  The administration said late Tuesday it would include a question on the decennial survey that would ask whether respondents are American citizens.

Commerce Department Puts U.S. Citizenship Question Back on Census.  In a historic moment for President Trump's administration, Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross has announced that a question asking United States residents if they are American citizens will be placed on the 2020 Census.

Holder group will fight citizenship question on census.  A Democratic group headed by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will go to court over a decision by the Commerce Department to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census.  Holder said Tuesday [3/27/2018] that the group, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, would fight the Trump administration's decision, arguing that including a citizenship question would drastically lower the response rate on the 2020 census and lead to an inaccurate count.  "We will litigate to stop the Administration from moving forward with this irresponsible decision," Holder said.  "The addition of a citizenship question to the census questionnaire is a direct attack on our representative democracy."

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Exactly the opposite is true.  Allowing non-citizens to live in this country illegally, and absorb all the handouts they can find, and vote, and affect the allocation of congressional districts, is a threat to our republic.

California to sue Trump admin over citizenship question in 2020 census.  California on Monday [3/26/2018] promised to sue the Trump administration over its decision to ask the 2020 census respondents if they are citizens of the United States.  California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the suit against the administration late Monday on Twitter, saying the measure would be unlawful.

2020 Census to include citizenship question.  President Trump's Commerce Department said Monday evening that the 2020 Census will include a question on citizenship, despite the strong objections of Democrats.  Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced his decision to reinstate the citizenship question in a post on the Commerce website.  The citizenship question has not appeared on the census since 1950, but Ross argued that collecting citizenship data has been "a long-standing historical practice."  The Department of Justice (DOJ) under Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reportedly pushed for inclusion of the question, arguing that it would allow the the department to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.

Left-Wing Politicians:  Putting Citizenship Question on U.S. Census Would 'Violate the Constitution'.  A group of left-wing politicians from across the country assert that asking United States residents on the U.S. 2020 Census if they are citizens of the country would "violate the Constitution."  In a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, — who will decide if the citizenship question is placed back onto the Census — Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and 19 left-wing Attorney Generals from states such as New York, Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut are urging that residents not be asked if they are U.S. citizens or not on the 2020 Census.

Kris Kobach:  Democrats' 'Dirty Little Secret' Is Excluding Citizenship Question on U.S. Census.  During an interview with Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson that aired on Monday [2/19/2018], Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach says the Democrats' "dirty little secret" was the exclusion of the citizenship question on the United States Census.  Kobach explained how excluding the question asking U.S. residents if they are citizens has impacted on nationwide elections, congressional districts, and remains a provision Democrats are committed to fighting.

California AG Threatens to Sue if Trump Administration Places Citizenship Question on Census.  California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is threatening to sue if the Trump administration includes a question regarding citizenship on the 2020 census.  The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Becerra worries citizenship questions will dissuade some California residents from taking the census, thereby under-representing themselves and running the risk of a loss of federal funding for certain parts of the state.

Dem AGs press Trump officials not to include citizenship question in census.  State Attorneys General Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), Eric Schneiderman (D-N.Y.) and Maura Healey (D-Mass.), joined by 16 others sent a blistering letter Monday warning Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross against approving a question about citizenship status in the 2020 Census.  Doing so, they said, would be unconstitutional.  Also, adding a citizenship question this late in the planning for the 2020 Census, they argued, "would significantly depress participation, causing a population undercount that would disproportionately harm states and cities with large immigrant communities."

Why Democrats Really Don't Want To Reinstate The Citizenship Question On The U.S. Census.  Most people wouldn't take issue with the U.S. government inquiring about citizenship status in a population census, but in 2018 some Democrats consider it a radical act to ask the simple question, "Are you a U.S. citizen?"  Perhaps this doesn't surprise you given the way liberals responded to Democrats' loss in the government shutdown fight over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and their outrage over the White House immigration plan that would grant 1.8 million of them amnesty (a framework ironically also panned by immigration hawks on the right).  Still, the brazenness of the liberals' indignation over this census question is really something to behold.

US Census fails to add MENA category:  Arabs to remain 'white' in count.  The US government has rejected a push by Arab American advocates and organisations to add a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) category to the US Census, meaning that people stemming from the region will be counted as "white" for another 12 years at least.  In spite of years of research and the recommendations by numerous experts and census officials, the Census Bureau announced on Friday [1/26/2018] that a MENA category will not be adopted.

Legislation Tries to Block Census from Adding Citizenship Question as DOJ Requested.  D.C.'s delegate to Congress said Monday that she'll introduced legislation in an effort to block the Census Bureau from asking questions about citizenship, nationality or immigration status in the 2020 survey.  Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said she was spurred to take legislative action after a Dec. 12 letter from a Justice Department official asked Acting Census Bureau Director Ron Jarmin to reinstate a citizenship question on the survey.

Trump's 2020 Census May Cost California [a] Congressional Seat by Counting Citizens.  Democrats fear the Trump administration's re-reinstatement of citizenship questions on the 2020 U.S. Census will cost California a Congressional seat and billions in funding.  The number of U.S. House of Representative seats was fixed by law in 1911 at 435.  The "enumeration" requires at that each state have at least one Representative, and the other Representatives are allocated according to population as determined by the U.S. Census every ten years.  Based on the 2010 Census data, California received the most, at 53.  But Politico reports that could change with the Department of Justice sending a letter on December 12 to the Census Bureau asking that the citizenship question eliminated in 2010 during the Obama administration be reinstated for the 2020 Census.

The one potential Census question that terrifies liberals.  Liberals, in general, love the Census.  It's full of questions about race and sex, the common fault lines by which liberals love to divide society.  They are even adding a question to the next Census to find out your favorite kind of sex, or approximation of it.  But one question liberals don't want to know is whether the person answering the census is an American.  They fear that if there is a question about citizenship, that illegal aliens won't fill it out.

DOJ Pushing For Citizenship Question on Census Forms:  Report.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) is asking the Census Bureau if a question on citizenship status could be added to 2020 census forms, according to a letter first reported by ProPublica on Friday [12/29/2017].  The DOJ letter, dated Dec. 12, said including a question on citizenship would allow the the department to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.  "To fully enforce those requirements, the Department needs a reliable calculation of the citizen voting-age population in localities where voting rights violations are alleged or suspected," the letter said.

Obama Sets Sights on Post-2020 Redistricting Efforts at D.C. Fundraiser.  On Thursday [7/13/2017], former President Barack Obama made his first political appearance since leaving office in January at a private fundraiser for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC).  The event was put on to help bankroll the effort of Democrats to take back power after a devastating loss last November.  It was held in a private home and was attended by Obama's former Attorney General Eric Holder and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  Holder is currently leading the NDRC.  Prior to his appearance at Thursday's [7/13/2017] fundraiser, he held a pep talk for a group of liberal lawyers and activists in San Francisco and encouraged them to keep fighting President Donald Trump and his administration.

GOP senator voices concerns about pro-Dem firm working 2020 Census.  Concerns are being raised on Capitol Hill about whether partisan politics could impact the 2020 Census and swing congressional redistricting in favor of Democrats.  Fox News has learned that last summer, a pro-Democratic analytics firm that describes itself as "a platform for hope and change" was included as a subcontractor in a $415 million advertising contract for the 2020 Census.  The data firm, Civis Analytics, was founded by the chief analytics officer on former President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.

Obama, Holder, and tyrannical judges put liberty in the crosshairs.  A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the possible 2020 presidential run by Barack Obama's gun-running buddy and fellow race-baiter, former US Attorney General Eric Holder.  Not surprisingly, some of my readers dismissed the possibility that Holder could be a serious threat if he were to be the Democrat nominee, even though I warned against taking such a position based on the "behind-the-scenes" work he is doing with Obama.  Well, the wheels of their agenda will be put in motion later this week.  One of the ways Holder and Obama are hoping to shape the political landscape is through the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC).  This group is working at the grass-roots level to elect enough Democrats in state and local government over the next few years, giving them the power to control Congressional Redistricting after the 2020 census.

Census Bureau Director Resigns As Agency Faces Funding Debate.  As work gears up for the 2020 Census, the bureau announced on Tuesday [5/7/2017] that Director John Thompson will leave the agency next month instead of at the end of the year. [...] Thompson was confirmed as director in 2013 and before that worked in the bureau for 27 years.

Census: More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With Spouse.  Four decades ago, in the mid-1970s, young American adults — in the 18-to-34 age bracket — were far more likely to be married and living with a spouse than living in their parents' home.  But that is no longer the case, according to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau.  "There are now more young people living with their parents than in any other arrangement," says the Census Bureau study.

Why Sanctuary Cities Encourage Illegal Immigration.  The Census Bureau estimates that the proportion of non-citizen population in the states varies from 14% in California to less than 1% in West Virginia.  This has a direct impact on the states' political power.  California, on its way to becoming the first sanctuary state, has five or six more members of the House (and consequently Electoral College votes) counting its non-citizen population than if House seats and Electoral College votes were based on only citizen population.  No wonder California politicians favor illegal immigration. [...] The 2020 census is not so far away.  Congress should pass a law providing that the 2020 census count the citizen population as well as the gross population.  This way states wishing to apportion based on the citizen population would have the information to do so.  In addition, the results of these parallel counts would illuminate the selfish motives of sanctuary cities, and build support for a constitutional solution.

Census 'erasing' LGBT community is fake news.  For everything there is a season, and for many the Time of Trump is the season for perpetual outrage.  The latest horror is over President Trump's supposed "erasing" of the LGBT community, because the 2020 Census isn't asking any questions about sexual orientation or gender identification.  Yet the Census has never asked about either — and all decisions are still being made by Obama appointees.

Trump administration nixes sexual orientation questions on 2020 Census.  The Trump administration canceled plans to probe Americans for their sexual orientation in the 2020 Census, nixing efforts by congressional Democrats who'd wanted a better picture of the country's increasingly complex family and sexual dynamics.  Gay-rights advocates had been pressing for the questions, saying it was time the country got an official count.

Five festering problems the Democrats cynically ignore.  [#5] The connection between illegal immigration and California's electoral power:  California declared itself a sanctuary state and now houses a quarter of the nation's illegal immigrants.  The elected officials at all levels of that state government will openly defy any attempts to enforce existing federal law that could reduce the number of illegal immigrants.  The massive presence of illegals distorts our representative system.  There are at least 4 million illegals in California.  It requires a special liberal variety of naïvité to believe that none of them votes.  Even if none does, they are all counted in the census, which determines congressional representation and some federal funding allocations.  If only citizens were counted, California would have five fewer congressional seats and electoral votes.  Those seats would go to, for example, Ohio (2), Michigan, and Pennsylvania.  The Democrats who've declared California a sanctuary state know exactly what they are doing.

Eleventh Hour Changes to the Census:  Newly Proposed Racial Categorizations.  Two proposed changes stand out: the first would create a new ethnic group by bringing together people who originated in the North Africa and the Middle East (MENA), and the second would eliminate a question on race for Hispanics, effectively making "Hispanics" their racial identifier.  OMB calls this a "limited revision," but the changes would impact many areas including congressional redistricting and affirmative action programs.  Currently Hispanics mark two boxes, an ethnic one for Hispanic, a second one for race.  Thus over 50 percent of Hispanics (29 million in the 2010 census) are categorized as white.  Since Hispanics account for 75 percent of the growth of whites today, preventing them from being identified as white in government statistics would have real and important effects.

"Post-racial" President Obama to Create New Racial Category.  As if the irony of Barack Obama having been dubbed the first "post-racial president" wasn't thick enough, now the Obama administration wants to create a new racial category — for people from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  Just as with "Hispanic," "Arab" and "Persian," the two terms describing most Middle Easterners, refer not to races but ethnicities.  But now the feds want to change this in what USA Today describes as "the biggest realignment of federal racial definitions in decades."  The new category would include Israeli Jews and Coptic Christians as well and would appear on 2020 census forms. [...] Virtually all the people in this new "racial category" would be Muslims, who traditionally had been less than one percent of the U.S. population.  But with more Muslims having been admitted to our nation since 9/11 than during all our history prior to it, this bloc is growing.

I Want a President Who Will End Victimism.  Great news!  The Obama administration is proposing a new race category.  It's for people of Middle Eastern and North African descent — MENA for those in the know.  Why?  It's obvious when you go to USA Today and read the blather about how the new race category could solve all kinds of problems with community identity and private-sector discrimination.  In other words, liberals are going full-speed ahead to square up Muslims as another victim group for their victim politics.  See, creating a MENA race category could be used in "drawing congressional and state legislative district boundaries."  In other words, majority-minority congressional districts.

White House Proposes Official New Race: 'Middle East/North African'.  Obama came into office amid hopes that America's racial divisions would become a thing of the past.  Instead of healing them, however, Obama has exacerbated them.  Now he is going even further: one of the lasting legacies of his disastrous administration may be the creation of an entirely new "race." [...] This new Middle Eastern/North African designation — "MENA" — is being created for the benefit of Muslim Arabs.

White House wants to add new racial category for Middle Eastern people.  The White House is putting forward a proposal to add a new racial category for people from the Middle East and North Africa under what would be the biggest realignment of federal racial definitions in decades.  If approved, the new designation could appear on census forms in 2020 and could have far-reaching implications for racial identity, anti-discrimination laws and health research.

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Barack H. Obama is attempting to create a new protected minority without the consent of our elected representatives in the Congress.  This demographic will be a new untouchable sacred cow that must have special rights and privileges.  No longer to be considered latent terrorists, they will officially become downtrodden victims.  Barack H. Obama is doing this, I suspect, to protect the thousands of Muslim immigrants he is inviting to the U.S., so they may enjoy a lifetime of food stamps, cell phones and pressure cookers.  Within a few years, any criticism of this new minority will be considered a hate crime.  Of course, there is a way to prevent this:  Congress can remind the President that he is not a king.

Dems want gender identity included in federal surveys.  A pair of Democratic senators want questions on sexual orientation and gender identity included in federal surveys.  Sens.  Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have introduced legislation to "improve federal population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed information on sexual orientation and gender identity in certain surveys."  The legislation would require the government to incorporate data on sexual orientation and gender identity in surveys, including the census, that collect other demographic information.  It would give the federal agencies approximately six months to review what information is currently included and develop questions for their surveys, according to the legislation.

Minority babies outnumber whites among US infants.  White babies are now outnumbered by minority babies, according to new population estimates from the Census Bureau.  In 2015, racial and ethnic minorities made up 50.2 percent of babies under a year old.  That year, there were 1,995,102 minority babies born, just slightly more than the 1,982,936 white babies born.  The 2015 data was released Thursday, as was updated data for previous years.  These new figures show that in 2013, minority babies also outnumbered non-Hispanic white babies by about 1,000 births.  In 2014, white babies were outnumbered by about 16,000.  Original data from 2011 showed that white babies were in the minority, but those figures were revised in 2013 to show that the white infants were still the majority.  But the new information released Thursday [6/23/2016] shows that the original figures were in fact correct, and minority births outpaced white ones.

Pew Study:  Arabic is the Fastest Growing Language in U.S..  Arabic is the fastest growing language in the U.S., with the number of Arabic speakers growing by 29 percent between 2010 and 2014, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.  Over the longer period from 2000 to 2014, the number of Arabic speakers in the U.S. nearly doubled, rising from 615,000 in 2000 to 1.1 million by 2014, according to the study, which analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  As a result, census questionnaires will be available in Arabic for the first time in 2020, Pew reports.

Grijalva Bill Would Require Federal Surveys 'to Gather Data on Sexual Orientation'.  At the urging of the Obama administration's inter-agency working group, which is tasked with establishing best practices for collecting data on LGBTs, Rep.  Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced a bill last week that would require federal agencies that conduct demographic surveys to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity.  "This bill builds on the inter-agency working group's success by making data collection within this community law," Grijalva said in a press release distributed at a briefing on the legislation on Wednesday [6/1/2016] at the U.S. Capitol.

Lawmakers urge Census Bureau to ask more about sexual orientation, gender identity.  The U.S. Census Bureau should be demanding more information about "gender identity," leading liberal lawmakers said Wednesday [4/27/2016], asking for more probing questions to get at the increasingly complex family dynamics in America.  "Many federal data collection instruments gather respondents' race, ethnicity, sex, marital status and other personal demographic information.  However, most of these instruments do not include direct measures of respondents' sexual orientation or gender identity," Rep.  Raul Grijalva and Sen.  Tammy Baldwin said in a letter they led, and which was co-signed by dozens of their Democratic colleagues.  In particular, they asked that the American Community Survey, which is the bureau's continuing method for taking the pulse of the country in between the decennial counts, be changed to include specific questions about how Americans describe their own identities.

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Lawmakers want Census Bureau to ask about sexual orientation.  A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling on the federal government to start counting the number of homosexuals living in the United States.  The group of nearly 80 lawmakers wrote a letter to a House Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday, asking the U.S. Census Bureau to survey people about their sexual orientation and gender identity.  Specifically, the legislators are asking the committee, which oversees the Census Bureau, to support the additional data collection as part of the fiscal 2017 appropriations bill.

Nearly 500,000 People 'Gone to Texas,' Says U.S. Census Bureau.  On March 24, the U.S. Census Bureau released statistics that tracked the state's explosive population growth.  Four Texas metro areas added more people in the one year period from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015 than in any other state in the nation except for Texas as a whole, which gained approximately 490,000 new residents.  Topping the list, the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland metropolitan area experienced the greatest population increase during this period, adding about 159,000 residents.  Following closely was the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, with 145,000 new people.

The next affirmative action group will be Muslims.  Barack Obama continues to fundamentally transform and tilt our nation to favor one of his favorite groups — Muslims — at the expense of everyone else.  Early in his presidency, Barack Obama's plans to control the Census Bureau unleashed a firestorm of criticism.  The White House in a radical move ordered the Census Bureau to work directly with Barack Obama aides.  Since the 2010 census would play a key role in drawing House districts and electoral votes at least until 2020 there was criticism that Obama's moves, supported by other Democrats, would be used for partisan purposes to empower Democrats.  But there may have been ulterior motives, as there so often are when it comes to Democrat machinations.  The Wall Street Journal reports that moves are afoot to create a new way to empower Muslims who live in America: [...]

Possible census changes could make whites a minority sooner.  The Census Bureau is considering changes to its race and ethnicity questions that would reclassify some minorities who were considered "white" in the past, a move that may speed up the date when America's white population falls below 50 percent.

Census reveals the richest and poorest families in America based on earnings.  The United States added 3.2 million jobs to the workforce in 2014, bringing the total to 139 million people employed, according to new figures released by the Census Bureau.  But despite the employment growth, the number of people living in poverty remained the same as in 2013 — around 46.7 million, or 14.8 percent — the bureau's American Community Survey showed.  And average incomes improved only slightly to bring them to $53,660.  For the poorest state, Mississippi, the median household income dropped to $39,680.  In the richest state, Maryland, the figure was almost double, at $73,971.

Investigation finds sex, fraud and retaliation at Census office.  Employees in the Census Bureau's hiring office bilked the government out of $1.1 million in pay they never earned, broke government rules by hiring friends and tried to intimidate whistleblowers who ratted them out, according to a new inspector general's report Thursday [9/17/2015] that said supervisors even "led" the misconduct.  The worst of the employees overcharged for at least 1,277 hours, collecting nearly $65,000 for time that wasn't actually worked.  Another better-paid employee charged for 890 hours not worked, collecting more than $85,000, and still another collected $74,488 for 478 hours never worked — at an hourly wage of more than $155.

Woman Outraged After Showdown With Census Worker.  An East Dallas woman is outraged after she claims one U.S. Census worker showed up at her door for a housing survey and would not take "no" for an answer.  Sonia Platz said the worker went as far as to camp out in her yard as she waited for Platz to change her mind.  "She's ringing the bell, knocking on the door.  And I'm like, 'I don't want to participate.'" Said Platz[.]  The East Dallas resident said it started with a series of three letters from the U.S. Census Bureau.  A few days later after receiving the third later, a census worker showed up.  Her husband verbally declined.  But a few days later, a different worker showed up at their home and would not leave according to Platz.

Census Bureau considers dropping 'race' from survey.  The U.S. Census Bureau is experimenting with eliminating the word "race" altogether in its 2020 survey, according to a report from the Pew Research Center on Thursday [6/18/2015].  As part of its final research push before finalizing its 2020 wording, test-census forms will be sent to 1.2 million households later this fall in without any references to "race" or "origin."  Instead, the forms will ask:  "Which categories describe person 1?"  Respondents will then be able to choose from the usual list of racial and ethnic categories.

Census Bureau's books just don't add up.  The Census Bureau juggled its finances so much during the 2010 nationwide survey that its own auditors say they can't tell how much the next big census will cost.  The Decennial Census of all Americans won't take place until 2020. But the Census Bureau has begun planning, and Congress has allotted money for the project, although a reduced amount because of budget cuts.

Census Bureau wants to divide Americans even more.  As if we aren't already divided enough by race, class, gender, political party, economic status and sexual orientation, the federal government is reportedly thinking about creating a new category of Americans just in time for the next census.  According to the Associated Press, "The U.S. Census Bureau will test the new Middle East-North Africa classification for possible inclusion on the 2020 census if it gets positive feedback about the proposed change by (last) Sunday, when the public comment period ends."

What exactly does the Census Bureau spend $982 million on?  You might remember that the Chicago regional director — who was apparently tight with Illinois politicians — was "removed" from his job late last year.  And Census won't tell us why.  So we'd like to take a look at how Chicago is spending taxpayer money.  The Philadelphia region is where we caught someone cheating on data collection — an event that has led to congressional and Inspector General investigations.  The probes resulted in reforms despite the fact that [the Department of] Commerce "obstructed" the congressional probe.

Call Congress for some good common Census.  On Monday, Rep. Chaffetz took over for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) as head of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform.  Issa's people did a good job last year investigating Census, which provides vital economic data that government agencies and businesses depend on.  But the Oversight Committee got stonewalled in its search for the whole truth by the Commerce Department, which controls Census.  So Issa came up well short of a full probe, even if he doesn't know it yet.

Memo calls out workers for cheating on Census data.  The Census Bureau has put its workers on notice about cheating.  And they could be fired if caught fabricating surveys.  As part of the crackdown, field employees who gather information from the public will have to sign a "policy agreement on maintaining data integrity" once a year.  These harsh conditions were disclosed in the agreement attached to an Oct. 1 memo — both of which were obtained by The Post — from William Hatcher, associate director of field operations.  The memo itself didn't get to workers until mid-November, according to sources.  In the memo, Hatcher tells workers that Census wanted to maintain its "unblemished reputation for producing quality data."

Census workers manipulated economic data: new whistleblower.  The city known as America's story factory is making up Census data.  In the latest allegation of The [New York] Post's exclusive probe into fishy goings-on at the Census Bureau, a new whistleblower says workers in the Los Angeles region have been manipulating economic data.  Contact information for the veteran Census worker — who reached out to me by e-mail recently and whom I interviewed by phone — has been turned over to congressional investigators who are looking into data falsification in other parts of the country.

Colorado Whistle Blower Claims Labor Department Unemployment Data Is Fraudulent.  A field supervisor in the Census Bureau's Denver region has informed her organization's higher-ups, the head of the Commerce Department and congressional investigators that she believes economic data collected by her office is being falsified.  And this whistleblower — who asked that I not identify her — said her bosses in Denver ignored her warnings even after she provided details of wrongdoing by three different survey takers.  The three continued to collect data even after she reported them.

Denver Census staffer brings data falsification to light.  A field supervisor in the Census Bureau's Denver region has informed her organization's higher-ups, the head of the Commerce Department and congressional investigators that she believes economic data collected by her office is being falsified.

House GOP: Commerce 'ambushed' whistleblower interview.  Department of Commerce officials tried to block congressional investigators from speaking with whistleblowers claiming U.S. Census Bureau records were being fabricated, according to a report by House Republicans to be released Thursday [9/18/2014].  "Commerce Department officials showed up uninvited to a transcribed interview with a Census Bureau employee and put her in a position where she was forced to risk retaliation if she excluded them from the interview," according to a joint report by the House Committee on Government Oversight and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.  "The Commerce Department officials who ambushed the witness claimed that congressional staff may only speak to witnesses in the presence of department personnel, and that it is unlawful for congressional staff to speak with department employees directly."

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.

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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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