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You’re not in Chicago anymore

Posted by foundersfreedom on February 11, 2009

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                                 The fighter, Marsha Blackburn, R-Tn.

The census has long been a contentious task to literally count  the number of people actually living inside the borders of the US.  It appears the Obama Administration wants to up the ante.

From the article at FoxNews:


Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, a census is taken of the U.S. population. The demographic changes can shift billions of dollars in federal funding for among other things, schools, roads and job training. The census also determines the number of representatives each state sends to Congress, the composition of the Electoral College and how congressional lines are drawn.

Political parties jockey for position to help redraw districts so they can maximize their own party’s clout while minimizing the opposition, often through gerrymandering.

White House officials have announced that the census will technically remain part of the Commerce Department, but that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will oversee it at the White House, raising eyebrows among critics who say he can’t be expected to be neutral in the task. Emanuel ran the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006 and was instrumental in getting Democrats elected into the majority.

Critics also say the method of counting can skew the census. Democrats have long supported using mathematical estimates, a practice known as “sampling,” to count urban residents and immigrants. Republicans say the Constitution requires a physical head count, which entails going door-to-door.

The problem here is that the Democrats don’t particularly care what the Constitution says. I suppose actually counting the people head-by-head and door-to-door per the Constitution would be considered partisan Republican politics.  The same old tired ideas.

“I’m deeply concerned” about “the White House controlling the day-to-day operations of the Census Bureau,” Blackburn told FOXNews.com.

In a draft of the letter, Blackburn said Obama’s plan “may jeopardize the important and nonpartisan work product of a sensitive administrative agency, and potentially disrupt completion of a competent, reliable 2010 census.

“The American people deserve a non-partisan census in 2010, and we hope the committee will ensure that goal comes to fruition by holding an oversight hearing on the administration’s potential plans to reduce the future secretary of commerce’s authority over the agency,” she wrote.

It’s all about the power, folks.  You’re not in Chicag0 anymore,  President Obama.  There aren’t a bunch of yesmen party hacks around to give you your every whim.  Half the people in this country didn’t vote for your change.  The numbers in the Resistance will rise quickly if you intend to rip the Constitution to shreds for pure political gain.

To those on the edges of the political fight, please visit www.grassfire.org and see what’s really going on in Washington. Yes, the majority over there are Republicans, but not Party Republicans.  We’re as hard or harder on those that turn their backs on the conservative principles in the platform. See for yourself. Then join the Resistance.

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