08 Apr 2009

Making the Census “Ours”

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Terry Jeffrey, at Town Hall, finds that the Obama Administration is already selling the 2010 Census as a welfare project.

The Constitution mandates that a census be taken every 10 years so that the members of the House of Representatives can be apportioned among the states according to their population.

But as the Census Bureau prepares to undertake the 2010 census, it is planning to stress a far different purpose for the population count, according to its own carefully crafted communications plan.

This plan is detailed in a 351-page Census Bureau document titled “2010 Census Integrated Communications Campaign Plan” that is posted on the bureau’s Website.

On page 10 of this plan, the bureau states that the “unifying idea for all communications” about the 2010 census is: “Only you can make the census ours.”

It says that this idea will be “expressed in the marketplace” through the phrase, “It’s in our hands.”

“This is the broad, overarching platform, unifying all messaging,” the plan says of the phrase, “It’s in our hands.”

Now, these phrases may look to you like lyrics from a Barry Manilow song, but to the people running next year’s constitutionally mandated count of all people in the United States, they are very serious words. …

On page 29 of its plan, the Census Bureau explains “What ‘Only You Can Make the Census Ours’ Means” — doing so in the imagined words of a U.S. resident being asked to participate in the census.

Participating in the census, it turns out, is all about “change” and “more funding.”

“I have an opportunity to help make a difference for my community, my family and myself,” says the imagined resident. “It’s literally in my hands, in the form of the 2010 Census questionnaire. The Census is much more than a piece of paper. It’s a tool that I can put to work to ignite positive change.

“My participation in the 2010 Census can be the tipping point that helps make change possible,” says the Census Bureau’s imagined U.S. resident. “And the more of us who fill out and mail back the Census, the more of us who want to tell a friend, to tell a friend, to tell a friend, the more funding we might get to help improve our lives and the lives of those who are important to us.”

In other words, the person the Census Bureau imagines it is targeting with its communications plan is not someone who looks at himself as a net payer of taxes but someone who looks at himself as a net taker of government funding.

It’s really about making the contents of your wallet “theirs.”

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Brittancus

One of the most anarchistic organizations in the United States is (ACORN) Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Acorn like La Raza and other radical groups, derive money out of the public trough, unknown to taxpayers. Acorn cloaked in secret, with deceptive and questionable practices regarding the mortgage debacle are now involved in the Census headcount. Now with the 2010 census eminent, we know that ACORN will be instrumental in working as census enumerators. This is absolutely outrageous as hundreds of the individual involved is now being investigated by the Justice Dept. This Census data is used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to contribute, and to distribute $300 billion dollars in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments annually.

The major problem is that 40 million illegal aliens– so states the Heritage Foundation, have to be counted, even though its a travesty of our immigration laws. It’s a fact that “SANCTUARY STATES” have massive populations of illegal aliens and families and therefore get more seats in Congress. I doubt if our Constitutional forefathers expected that the Census would be manipulated to support the en masses of illegal foreign nationals. Adding to the disgusting scenario is the fact that ACORN is involved in this nationwide count, when fraudulent voting registrations were apprehended by the authorities. Until alleged criminal activities have been investigated, the Acorn organization should be exempt from any dealings with the Census.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SHOULD HAVE NO RIGHTS, NO REPRESENTATION IN OUR NATIONS CAPITOL. No illegal alien should be able to tap into government welfare benefits, until they go through legal channels. That means no AMNESTY–no path to citizenship until they self-deport to their country of birth. Then apply like all law-abiding immigrants who wait in line. Ideally the Census is the ideal tool to catch, arrest and detain all those have been found to be in this nation illegally–since the Senate killed E-Verify.

Read their awful immigration grades at NUMBERSUSA. Call Washington to stop this parody of our laws: 202-224-3121



Thalpy

Then, you have the nut, Bonnie Erbe, from PBS mentioning in her blog March 3: Depoliticize the Census? Surely they jest! Taking politics out of the Census is like taking milk out of the cow or coal out of Newcastle or diamonds out of Tiffany. Politics is the lifeblood of the Census—without politics, there is no Census.

The Census is part of the spoils of victory for whichever party controls the White House at the turn of each decade. Gerrymandering—using Census data to create voting districts that artificially lean toward one end of the political spectrum or the other—is as uniquely an American tradition as Thanksgiving. The thought of trying to depoliticize the census is, well, decidedly un-American.

What a mess!



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