President’s plan to politicize CeThe nsus Bureau threatens our form of government

Census and Nonsense

President’s plan to politicize Census Bureau threatens our form of government.

While the attention of most Americans was focused on his devastating, massive spending bill, President Obama last week quietly announced his intention to radically restructure one of the nation’s most trusted institutions, the Census Bureau.

The plan that he laid out could well secure a liberal, anti-family supermajority in Congress for at least the next decade. It undoubtedly would undermine the integrity of the Census Bureau and its data, which serves as the basis for thousands of business and government decisions that affect all Americans.

Among its many functions, Census Bureau data plays a major role in dividing up both U.S. Congressional districts and state legislative districts – key factors in determining the outcome of elections. In the past, the Census Bureau has been a responsibility of the Commerce Department, where it could be shielded to some degree from political maneuvering. Under the Obama plan, the Census Bureau would report directly to the White House, where political maneuvering easily would become the name of the game.

Obama first announced his plan after receiving negative reaction to his first choice for Secretary of Commerce, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH). Minority organization activists feared that the conservative senator could not be trusted to run the census in a way that would maximize their voice in congressional redistricting. Gregg later withdrew his nomination, citing among other differences his opposition to the stimulus package and the president’s intention to take Census away from the department that he would head.

But even with Gregg out of the picture, Obama appears resolved to carry through with his plan to take the Census Bureau out of Commerce and place it in the White House. Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel no doubt would be the individual directly responsible for a White House-managed Census Bureau. As the former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, no one knows better than Emanuel how to manipulate the census process to create a redistricting and reapportionment plan that would favor his own political party.

Even the very liberal San Francisco Chronicle this week wrote, “Allowing Obama politicos like chief of staff Rahm Emanuel – a top House Democratic strategist in his prior life – anywhere near the census adding machine is too partisan. It’s a Chicago-style setup that should worry any voter.”

Those fears were echoed by our friend and former Ohio Secretary of State, Ken Blackwell, in an op-ed on FRCblog.com just yesterday. As former co-chairman of the U.S. Census Monitoring Board, Ken, too, understands the implications of Obama’s move.

Ken writes, “The census is one of the most important functions performed by the federal government because the integrity of our representative democracy depends on it.” He goes on to warn that Obama’s plan to run the census out of the White House “will have enormous implications on the balance of political power in the country.”

To read more of Ken’s insightful but disturbing analysis, click here.

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