The audacity of this blatant attempt to take over the census so that it can be manipulated in secrecy is worse than anything the libs ever claimed Bush did.
If the census remains in Commerce, its procedures and guidelines are open for review by Congress. By pulling it into the White House, Obama has insured that there will be no accountability, no review and no accuracy.
That’s a nice change from what we’ve seen in recent years.
[Sorry - don’t want to go there, but you left it wide open.]
The Census Bureau should be transparent. I’m not sure why it’s part of the Commerce Department, but I guess it has to be somewhere. I’d like to know if it’s true that minority voters have been historically undercounted, however. If true, that needs to be fixed.
Since Humpy won’t return, maybe we can turn this into a productive discussion. Are there any plausible reasons why the Commerce Department would be more open to accountability, review, and accuracy than the White House?
No, I don’t. I guess the difference would be an oversight committee, but for practical purposes I don’t know why it matters. The rest of the OP is so over the top ludicrous that I’m not sure Clothahump knows either. If there’s a real issue with undercounting, the president SHOULD get more closely involved.
I suppose that’s an argument, but it’s a bad one. The Commerce department generally has a reputation for honesty and independance. But thre’s simply no reason at all for Obama to have anything to do with this, any more than if he suddenly announced that the White House was going to oversee tax returns this year. It injects politics into a carefully balanced situation and can do no good.