Monday, February 9, 2009

Just in case you were wondering if the Obamanoids are going to try to seize power. . .

We have this.

White House grabs 2010 census power
GOP warns Democrats attempting unconstitutional vote manipulation

Posted: February 07, 2009
11:15 pm Eastern

By Drew Zahn
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

In a move with major political implications for voting, districting and representation in future elections, the Obama administration has demanded oversight of the 2010 U.S. census.

The move has Republicans crying foul, alleging that transferring the power of census-taking from the Commerce Department, which normally oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, to the White House is an attempt to manipulate redistricting of congressional seats.

"This action appears to be motivated by politics, rather than the interests of our country," House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement. "The United States Census should remain independent of politics; it should not be directed by political operatives working out of the White House."

The Washington Post's Mary Ann Akers reports a senior Republican aide telling her that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has no business overseeing the headcount that will shape the future of U.S. elections.

"With all of its political implications," the aide reportedly said, "hijacking the census from the Commerce Department and letting it be run out of Rahm's office is like putting PETA in charge of issuing hunting permits."

Congressional Quarterly reports that Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the top Republican on the House Government Reform Committee, said the proposed move may even be in violation of federal law.

"Any attempt by the Obama administration to circumvent the census process for their political benefit will be met with fierce opposition," said Issa. "This ill-conceived proposal undermines a constitutionally obligated process that speaks to the very heart of our democracy."

Bruce Chapman, director of the U.S. Census Bureau under President Reagan, explains the Republican objection and why the census is so important in his Discovery blog:

"Everyone knows that it is possible to organize a decennial census in a way that benefits one party or another politically," Chapman writes. "One way to effectuate this otherwise unpalatable departure from the Census Bureau's 200-year history of non-partisanship is to put the Bureau administratively under direction of the politicos in the White House. In reality, that would be a sure invitation to cook the books on the highly consequential count of Americans."

Chapman also claims, "The only reason the White House would want to be involved is in figuring out how to add more voting power to certain states and groups within states."

The decennial census, taken every 10 years, generates maps and numbers then used to draw congressional districts. Ideally the census director conducts the count in a non-partisan manner under the authority granted by U.S. code to the secretary of Commerce.

Congressional Quarterly, however, announced earlier this week that a senior White House official reported the director of the Census Bureau will now report directly to the White House and not the secretary of Commerce.

CQ later updated its report, stating that the White House "took a small step back from what the senior official told CQ" by announcing that the director of the Census Bureau would "work with the high-level officials rather than report directly to them."

Several news outlets speculated that the White House power play was prompted by objections from minority group leaders over Obama's nomination of Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., to be secretary of Commerce, the office responsible for the census. Many of the groups are concerned about how particularly Hispanics will be counted in the next census, since the numbers affect both redistricting and federal funding based on demographic changes over the past decade.

Several minority leaders have expressed dismay over Obama's nomination of a Republican with a questionable track record on the census.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said in a statement, "Sen. Gregg's record of previously voting to abolish the Commerce Department and his attempts to block President Bill Clinton's efforts to secure adequate funding for the 2000 census raise troubling concerns."

A National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials spokesman told Politico, "Secretary of Commerce-designate Judd Gregg's record raises serious questions about his willingness to ensure that the 2010 census produces the most accurate possible count of the nation's population."

An editorial in the Hispanic newspaper La Opinion went further, emphasizing a fear that Gregg may not place a high enough priority on getting an accurate count.

"We cannot afford this risk," the paper opined.

At a White House briefing, however, spokesman Robert Gibbs denied that the change was linked to worries over Gregg's nomination.

MSNBC reports a White House spokesman further arguing that Obama's action actually has historical precedent.

"From the first days of the transition the census has been a priority for the president, and a process he wanted to reevaluate," the spokesman reportedly said. "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."

Former Census Bureau Chief Chapman, however, disagrees.

"Simply put, there is no excuse for this idea," Chapman writes. "It is not true that the Census Bureau has ever been under the direct management of the White House, and for good reason. Even if angels were in charge of the executive mansion, if the nation's premier statistical agency were placed under White House direction, the danger to public trust would be enormous. The Decennial count is one of the few federal functions specifically described in the Constitution itself and must be operated above suspicion of politics."

Chapman added, "Power flows from an accurate census count. Everyone involved for years has seen the count therefore as a sacred trust. It must not be polluted with even a semblance of presidential meddling."


Anonymous said...


Folks, don't forget your rights regarding the census. You do NOT have to give them anymore info than the very most basic stuff like "number of people in household". You do not have to fill out the whole thing. You do not have to let the census taker into your home.

In fact, it would probably be smart to not answer the more invasive questions.

MPA-III said...

Technically speaking, there's no "try" about it. They've already met the definition of having "seized" power. The WND article demonstrates they are consolidating their position and increasing their control.

Just my .02

Sean said...

For some reason, Feb. 1934 comes to mind.

Anonymous said...

It is really quite simple...these clowns have absolutely no respect for the Constitution - they only respect raw POWER. They have almost ABSOLUTE POWER now and it is quite obviously going to be horribly misused to quell any possible political end to their reign. They have NO intention of leaving peacefully. Welcome to the Socialist States of America.

drjim said...

At what point do we start calling these people Treasonous Bastards"(tm)?
Oh wait, I just did.....:-)

Tangalor said...

Listen. Can you hear it? We're all socialists now, if you haven't heard. Since we're all screwed, (trust me, we're all screwed, and this summer comes the 'summer of hell') I'd seriously think about what provisions you've made, and reinforce them. Got farm? Got guns? Got Ammo? Got Patriotism?

We're all in a vice, and we're bound to feel the proverbial squeeze further. The problem is, we seem to be willing to tolerate it until the bitter end.

I had a founder in my family who signed the constitution. I have a family. He had one. I will fight the encroaching tyranny. He did.

What will you do?

Those that came before us had nothing, save the guns and land that they had sought.

I have neither, save the gun. I live in poverty, in comparison. I live in an apartment. Yet, even though I have a family, I have sworn an oath to myself, and to my family, that I will stand and do what is required of me; do what is right.

I'm not christian, I'm not a non-believer, either. I do not need an institution between me and god, but... that is between me and him.

What I do have is compulsion, and an open mind.

My fathers have bled for this country, and so will I, if need be.

Long live the fighters, may the light shine upon us in dark times.

Qi Ji Guang said...

Amen Tangalor!

I have vowed to serve the Constitution and liberty long time ago. I will defend it from anyone who wishes to desecrate or destroy it. May God bless us all.

Anonymous said...

The fix is in. Between voter suppression by the media, voter intimidation at the polls, voter registration fraud and certainly actual voter fraud that follows, all for a Kenyan marxist that has not even proven his citizenship/eligibilty to hold the office. The wheels are off the wagon and no one knows how to stop the thing from skittering who knows where. The census move and coming amnesty of illegals are only shoring up the socialist power base. Got ammo?

Anonymous said...

"hapman added, "Power flows from an accurate census count."

And power also flows from the barrel of a gun, as the patron saint of communists, Chairman Mao, once pointed out.

But here in the US that is not a one way flow of power, from the government out, but a two way flow, since we the people have that power as well.

"They" don't want it that way.

Just as the obamabots wish to monopolize and control the power that flows from the census, they also wish to monopolize the power that flows from the gun, for much the same reason - to impose their will.

Who can blame them? Who likes a two way range, where bullets are incoming as well as outgoing? That is so much less fun than a one way "range" where the government thugs can just fire on unarmed serfs without worrying about being shot back.

W W Woodward said...

How many guns do you own? How many rifles, shotguns, handguns. Are any of the weapons semiautos? What are their calibers, gauges, magazine capacities, serial numbers. How many toilets in your house. Has your spouse ever been pregnant and will she be able to produce a son or daughter the federal government may impress into service in the foreseeable future?

For the past three censuses I have refused to answer all but the very basic information and that's after I force the census taker to contact me personally by disregarding the mailouts and answering machine messages.