Blago’s Pal Controls Census

Daily phone calls between Blago and Rahm

Daily phone calls between Blago and Rahm

“The census is used to allocate federal aid to states and draw electoral districts;” so to the Obama Adminstration of Change and Lies, it is a political weapon to be wielded like a Chicago tire iron. This crucial political weapon will now reside under direct White House control. Some change for you.

Or maybe it was just recovery from yet another Obama dumb mistake, in part.   Whatever the reason, there will not even be a pretense or a chance of objectivity or accuracy in another government function.  The political objectives of Obama, learned from Saul Alinsky, are all that’s important.   Obama will have more power to decide where the wealth, while there’s any left, gets spread. Story: The Census Will Be Under Rahm’s Control

H/T: Obama Puts Census Under Rahm Emanuel’s Control Gateway Pundit

 

There’s been a lot of speculation about what President Obama was thinking when he decided to nominate Senator Judd Gregg, a prominent Republican, as secretary of commerce. Is he looking for the dissenting voice that will sharpen his views? Or, as The Wall Street Journal put it, is he trying to psych out Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, by availing himself of Mr. Gregg’s advice on how to pick off Republican votes in the Senate?

Time will tell. An easier question to answer is what Mr. Obama wasn’t thinking about when he chose Mr. Gregg. It seems safe to say that the 2010 census was not weighing on the president’s mind, though it should have been.

The Census Bureau is a major agency within the Commerce Department, and the decennial census — the next one is in 2010 — is a mammoth undertaking. After years of mismanagement and underfinancing by the Bush administration, the bureau is so ill prepared to conduct next year’s count that Congressional investigators have warned that it is at high risk of failure unless corrective action is taken immediately.

Mr. Gregg was never a friend of the census. As chairman of the Senate committee that oversees the Commerce Department’s budget, he frequently tried to cut the bureau’s financing. In 1999, he opposed emergency funds for the 2000 census requested by President Bill Clinton and the Republican-controlled House.

The census is used to allocate federal aid to states and draw electoral districts. Given all that, one would think that the White House would be paying more attention. It isn’t. A director of the census, who must be confirmed by the Senate, has yet to be named.

In his confirmation hearing, Mr. Gregg must explain what he would do to get the 2010 census back on track. Before that, Mr. Obama must choose a competent director and pledge his administration’s full support to spend whatever is necessary to salvage the count.

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