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.

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.

Somewhat related:
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.

The Editor says...
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.

The same story was on Fox News three weeks earlier:
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did someone mention ACORN?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did someone mention ACORN again?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last year's scandal:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earlier news and commentary about the census:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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