When yet another crazy conservative conspiracy theory is proven to be correct, one more brick of tyranny is set in place, this time through tricky statistics. Banana Republic here we come, unless we put a stop to the insanity now!
Always a major concern for minority advocates, the Census is used to redraw district lines for elected seats in Congress and state legislatures. That is why some Republicans on Capitol Hill, took issue with the White House’s unprecedented and controversial decision to shift oversight of that Bureau away from the Secretary of Commerce and into the lap of then Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. The Obama administration made a calculated move within the first few weeks of his first term in 2009. Well in advance of the 2010 Census, they had plenty of time to tilt the playing field in their favor and that is just what they did!
Conservatives were the first to raise vocal concern,
It takes something that is supposedly apolitical like the census, and gives it to a guy who is infamously political. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) of then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Bold accusations were put forward to the new president in a letter addressed to Barack Obama from Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Patrick McHenry (R-NC), both of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Requiring the Census director to report directly to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is a shamefully transparent attempt by your administration to politicize the Census Bureau and manipulate the 2010 Census. The constitutionally mandated decennial Census needs to be fair, accurate and trusted. By circumventing the secretary of commerce’s oversight of the Census Bureau and handing it directly to a political operative such as Mr. Emanuel, you are severely jeopardizing the fairness and accuracy of the 2010 Census. Philip Rucker, 5 Feb. 2009, The Washington Post
However, the Obama administration is at it’s best when ignoring the Constitution and dismissing political opponents who intrude on their agenda. After all, the 2010 census was a future event and the nation was in love with the idea that a black man had just been elected as President of the United States. Yet, the American people really knew nothing about Barack Obama. Most were simply intoxicated and swooning to the ideas of “Hope and Change”, but they were clueless as to how those terms would be defined by this new administration.
At the time, White House Press Secretary, Ben LaBolt countered Republican concerns by suggesting that the President’s changes to the organizational structure of census oversight had been long in the making. – Yea sure!
From the first days of the transition the Census has been a priority for the president, and a process he wanted to reevaluate. There is historic precedent for the director of the Census, who works for the commerce secretary and the president, to work closely with White House senior management, given the number of decisions that will have to be put before the president. We plan to return to that model in this administration. Ben LaBolt, 5 Feb. 2009, The Washington Post
Fast forward to April 2014, and The New York Times (NYT), has finally grown a pair of balls when it comes to making Barack Obama accountable to the American people. Perhaps, this newspaper no longer swoons because their romance with this president is over, or some of the editors have finally awakened to the reality that few Americans trust them anymore. Regardless of the reason, it is about time that they did their job!
Robert Pear of the NYT reports that the Census Bureau has been directed to change the wording of its questions relating to health care coverage so that new information can no longer be checked against the past three decades of data. This change will make it nearly impossible to accurately assess the effects that the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare will have on those Americans who have health insurance.
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. Robert Pear, 15 April 2014, The New York Times
The Times article suggests that any changes made were with the intent to improve the survey’s accuracy, but many officials do not agree. They point out that the new questions are so different that any findings will not be comparable to previous statistics. Of course the changes will likely benefit the Obama administration by creating an illusion of reduction in the number of those uninsured. Therefore, these “new questions” are designed to essentially mask any negative impact that the Affordable Care Act will have on the American people. This means that reality for the individual will be reduced to a singularity, because any negative experiences suffered by that individual are sure to be marginalized against the false narrative of a greater collective.
Consequently, some policy analysts and columnists, who usually do not side with conservative causes, are also outraged about the political manipulation of a formerly neutral agency.
I’m speechless. Completely inexcusable. The administration deserves all of the criticism it will get, and then some. Megan McArdle, 15 Apr 2014, Twitter
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