Not that I really care, because I always thought it was bogus....but a curious event occurred with the census folks on Friday. You won't hear about on ABC, NBC, or CBS...it'll get just a brief mention on CNN...and just a bit more on Fox. The Census folks, which was under the Commerce Department....have been removed and placed under direct authority of the White House. The chief of the Census, reports straight to the President himself.
Most folks are rather shocked once they understand the entire story. You see, in 2010...the Census will be in full swing. The director of the Census folks will likely report weekly to the President. Vital instructions from the President to the Chief of the Census folks will be passed. The Census department is expected to collect an absolute and full Census....meaning that they actually visit each and every residence.
A number of Democrats....Bill Clinton in particular, would like to see a sampling-collection....meaning that you visit twenty people out of one hundred and then you base the entire Census off these statistics. The plus-up here is that you might intentionally pick a Latino or Black area, then pump the stat's up by twenty, thirty, or even forty percent. You could say this one county has 250,000 people....when it only has 244,000 people in real numbers.
Why make this big change to the White House? There are two explanations. First, after our buddy Governor Richardson got into legal trouble and couldn't pass to the Commerce Secretary job....there was a long pause, and then....they decided a Republican Senator could be the choice. This made the Obama team happy but then some minority leadership folks got involved and felt that the Republican Senator would be a threat to the Census. He might actually count real people, as they are directed to do by the Constitution. So that forced up the idea of bringing this group under Presidential control.
The second big explanation is that the President can openly task the Census folks in one way....taking all the heat and handing out Presidential pardons later if some folks are brought in for state or federal court action. Various members of the Obama team would have personal insight and direction over this entire mess.
Whats all this mean? Well....come the end of 2010...there will be a fury in Washington DC. The numbers delivered won't be realistic or they will be too realistic. States that were noted as decreasing in population will suddenly find 300,000 extra folks. States that were noted as growing....will lose 500,000 folks. Naturally, some upset congressmen, state folks, senators, and lots of media attention. The President? He'll come out....smiling....winking....and eventually, you will realize that the entire Census is suspect and cannot be used for anything.
What should a guy do when the Census folks come to the house? Well....if it were me, when asked what type of race I am....I probably would respond American Indian, and understate my age by 25 years. If I suspect the results will be skewed, then why be honest? The curious thing is that alot of Bama folks might take this advice, and then we'd discover in 2011 that half the population of Bama is American Indian. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing.
What I'd like to see here....is eventually the President removes all functionality of the government from the various cabinet posts, and just run everything himself from the oval office. If this Census move is smart, then moving the operation of the FBI, the CIA, the Parks Service, and even the Coast Guard....to the President's direct authority....would be real smart. Course, maybe this isn't very smart anyway? Just another day in America.