NY Times Digs Deep To Assault Trump Over (Spins Wheel) Census

I remember an old story, deep in my archives somewhere, about a leftist blogger who would wake up each day in a fit of Bush Derangement Syndrome. She’d grab her non-alcoholic beer at 7am, get her smokes out, and think about how she could be apoplectic over Bush. This seems to much the same as the NY Times Editorial Board goes after President Donald Trump. Oh, and while they’re doing this, they manage to hit previous President Barack Obama in the face

Save the Census

An administration uninterested in staffing federal agencies, at war with facts and eager to help Congress cut the budget is further endangering a cornerstone of American democracy: the duty to count all who live here.

The Government Accountability Office already put the 2020 census on its list of high-risk projects early this year, due to uncertainty about its budget and technology, and Americans’ increasing distrust of government data collection.

Then, the Census Bureau’s director, John Thompson, who was expected to remain on the job until at least the end of the year, resigned in June. Mr. Trump has not named a permanent replacement. The agency’s deputy director, Nancy Potok, an experienced statistician, left in January, and she also has not been replaced.

Sounds nefarious! Or, it could be that he had worked for the Census since 1975, and decided it was time to retire.

The bureau — criticized in the past by government watchdogs and Congress for cost overruns and management missteps — is strapped for cash in a critical preparation year. The bureau could need an increase of more than $300 million to its $1.5 billion budget to install new technology and conduct a comprehensive test in time for 2020, according to an analysis of bureau budget requests and projections by Terri Ann Lowenthal, a census expert. So far, the Trump administration and Congress are recommending an increase of about one-tenth that amount, according to the Census Project, a nonpartisan census advocacy group.

OK, so, the Census is in desperate need for a technology update. These issues have been known since the last census in 2010. Remind me, who was president during the majority of time since the last census? This is the kind of thing that would have had all the media outlets, including the NY Times Editorial Board, Blaming Bush back in 2009 and 2010 (and beyond).

The census has always been vulnerable to political attack, and is especially so now. In 2009, Tea Party conservatives in the House tried unsuccessfully to kill off the bureau’s annual American Community Survey, a continuing tracking of respondents’ occupations, education, homeownership and other topics, as a supposed intrusion on privacy. A joint study by the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution this year calls the survey data “indispensable” in helping local governments plan.

And citizens call it intrusive and overbearing, asking for more data on our private lives that government has no right to ask. Hence the reason quite a few people refused to provide details beyond the basics.

Mr. Trump poses an additional threat: His repeated efforts to discredit voter registration data and government employment numbers leave census officials worried that a random tweet from him could discourage more people from participating. Census professionals worry that the administration’s efforts to deport undocumented immigrants could make them wary of providing information about themselves and where they live.

Aww, are the people living unlawfully in the U.S. worried? Good. They should be.

The census begins on April 1, 2020, and it must be completed in the summer for congressional reapportionment and redistricting to take place. Any failure would be immediately apparent — and it would tar Republicans at the height of the 2020 primary campaign season. Perhaps that reality will help inspire congressional leaders to support an accurate count, demonstrating to Americans that, even in the age of Trump, facts matter.

Good lord, it’s not that hard to count where people live. Which is one of the main points of the census, to count the population to apportion the House of Representatives. Which Progressives no longer like, because people keep moving to Republican states.

But, see, when we’re talking about the money, well, there have been massive cost over-runs and poor spending choices. Like most government. And, in fact, there is an acting director. The NYTEB forgot to mention his name, Ron Jarmin. But, this is all about Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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6 Responses to “NY Times Digs Deep To Assault Trump Over (Spins Wheel) Census”

  1. Jeffery says:

    Thanks largely to the Republican multifront wars on government and facts, citizens return fewer of the mail-in questionnaires than previously. Because of this, the Census bureau sends out expensive in-person enumerators for interviews.

    We understand that conservatives distrust governments and data, preferring to base policy on their 19th century ideology. But the Census is a constitutional requirement.

  2. drowningpuppies says:

    But the Census is a constitutional requirement.

    So is passing a federal budget, little jeffuckery, but libs don’t seem to care about that and haven’t since president loose shoes was in office.

  3. Stosh says:

    The Dems are afraid that Trump won’t include all the illegal alien “visitors” in the census after all the legal citizens move out of the sanctuary cities.

  4. Dana says:

    The New York Times wrote:

    The census begins on April 1, 2020, and it must be completed in the summer for congressional reapportionment and redistricting to take place. Any failure would be immediately apparent — and it would tar Republicans at the height of the 2020 primary campaign season.

    Wait, what? By the summer of 2020, many primary races have already occurred; has there been some change in which reapportionment ill be made and in place before the 2020 elections?

    In the past, reapportionment was made for the congressional elections the year after the census was completed; under normal conditions, the reapportionment would be in place for the 2022 elections, not 2020.

    Federal law requires the Clerk of the House of Representatives to notify each state government of its entitled number of seats no later than January 25 of the year immediately following the census.

    Because the deadline for the House Clerk to report the results does not occur until the following January, and the states need sufficient time to perform the redistricting, the decennial census does not affect the elections that are held during that same year. For example, the electoral college apportionment during 2000 presidential election was still based on the 1990 census results. Likewise, the congressional districts and the electoral college during the 2020 general elections will still be based on the 2010 census.

    I looked, to see if I could find any change in thye law, but could not; unless I missed it — improbable, but not impossible — the Times writer and the editors fouled up something that is pretty basic.

    Of course, the left should be happy if the reapportionment does not occur until 2022, because southern and western states are the ones more likely to gain seats, and thus electoral votes.

  5. Dana says:

    The Trump policies toward illegal aliens will certainly help! The big ‘sanctuary’ cities are mostly in more liberal states, and illegals hiding from the census takers will reduce their congressional representation. More, when state legislatures meet to reapportion the districts, the urban districts may see their representation decline vis a vis the more sensible suburban and rural areas, reducing liberal representation even further. These are both good things!

    Jeffrey will respond that, horrors! I am advocating a form of gerrymandering, but that isn’t the case. Rather, I believe that only actual Americans and legal residents should have any representation in congress and state legislatures, while criminal aliens should not.

  6. Jl says:

    As said in another post, desperation in liberals, this time the NYT, is not an attractive trait. Which is probably why they’ll keep at it

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