Integrity of U.S. Census threatened by Obama administration

With so much at stake, should statisticians or politicians prevail?

John Fund, writing for the Wall Street Journal, informs readers of the powerful implications of the Obama administration’s attempts to redesign the U.S. Census.

The dangers are real. Not only does the census provide the basis for congressional redistricting, it furnishes the raw data by which government spending is allocated on everything from roads to schools. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also uses the Census to prepare the economic data that so much of business relies upon. “If the original numbers aren’t as hard as possible, the uses they’re put to get fuzzier and fuzzier,” says Bruce Chapman, who was director of the Census in the 1980s.

The problem of counting minorities and the homeless has long been known, writes Fund. Census Bureau statisticians believe that a vigorous hard count, supplemented by adding in the names of actual people missed by head counters but still found in public records, is likely to lead to a far more defensible count than sampling-based adjustment.

“The real issue is who directs the Census, the pros or the pols,” says Mr. Chapman. “You would think an administration that’s thumping its chest about respecting science would show a little respect for scientists in the statistical field.” He worries that a Census director reporting to a hyperpartisan such as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel increases the chances of a presidential order that would override the consensus of statisticians.

The Obama administration is downplaying how closely the White House will oversee the Census Bureau. But Press Secretary Robert Gibbs insists there is “historical precedent” for the Census director to be “working closely with the White House.”

Read John Fund’s important commentary in its entirety here.

5 Responses to Integrity of U.S. Census threatened by Obama administration

  1. Jason says:

    Political manipulation of the census translates to manipulation of elections. During this past cycle, Democrats have shown their adeptness at confounding the election process. The fraudulent activities of ACORN have been documented but with Obama in office, it has all been brushed under the carpet. The new President of the United States is a self identified “community organizer.” What will keep the ACORN criminals from filling out millions of fraudulent census forms and creating false identities to support even more voter registration fraud? If our election system is riddled with this type of criminality and deceit what hope do we have to return to a government American citizens can trust?

  2. Marianne says:

    This is serious business folks. We need to be prepared to fight this political corruption of our Census taking process. Too much depends on maintaining the integrity of the system. These numbers impact everything from congressional seats to monies that are doled out by government. Stay on top of this!

  3. Russ J says:

    Obama and his henchmen are not interested in an accurate census count. Getting it Left is all that matters to these crooks.

    We knew it would be a long rough road. Will capitalism ever be able to rise again?

  4. Carl in LD19 says:

    This is incredibly serious business like Marianne says. I think it would be a good idea to visit an ACORN location in numbers to bring attention to this attempt by the White House to perpetrate fraud. If we don’t prevent this there is going to be a war in this country and no one wants that. But I’m prepared. Email me if you would like to participate in an ACORN protest.

  5. RA says:

    This is one of the great “hidden” stories of this year.
    A surprising amount of what has been done to date by the Obama administration and Congress has been to consolidate and reinforce Democrat power. This is a power grab designed to preordain decades of election results.

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