My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

MyTwoCensus Editorial: New York Times editorial has it both right and wrong

Today, the New York Times published an editorial that praises Congress for initiating bi-partisan reforms of the Census Bureau as it initiated legislation that mandates the Census Bureau Director’s term to be fixed at five-years, a plan that makes it easier to work around the decennial census. However, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and the White House were at first keen on this idea, but have now stalled the plan, despite seven former Census Bureau directors asserting that this is the best way to reform the Census Bureau. Robert M. Groves, the current Census Bureau Director, also supports this plan — but apparently the egos of the others have got in the way of progress:

The Obama administration, which should be supporting the bill, is instead raising objections. It has objected to a provision that would allow the census director to report directly to the commerce secretary. It also has objected to a provision that would require the director to send Congress the bureau’s budget request at the same time it goes to the White House.

However, the editorial strays from its initial goals later on and says this:

The census was in dire straits when President Obama took office, and it took a while for the administration to get organized. The 2010 count is now on track, thanks to the efforts of Mr. Locke and Robert Groves, the bureau director — both Obama appointees.

The New York Times has it wrong. The Census Bureau and the 2010 Census are not “on track” at this point. The myriad technical failures and other problems have already hampered the accuracy of this count and will continue to do so in the immediate future mean that the 2010 Census is NOT on track.

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3 Responses to “MyTwoCensus Editorial: New York Times editorial has it both right and wrong”

  1. anonymous Says:

    Limit the term for Census director and the Census count is NOT on track.

  2. Crew Leader Says:

    “The myriad technical failures and other problems have already hampered the accuracy of this count and will continue to do so in the immediate future” is the track. You were expecting something else???

  3. anonymous678 Says:

    This is the first step to privatization of the Census Bureau. Private interests want more control over the allocation of congressional house seats. The best way to do this is to promise lucrative jobs to Census Directors at the end of their five year terms. Less representation in Democratic states and more representation in Republican states using variable standards.