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.

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MyTwoCensus Exclusive Part 2: Identity Theft, Scams, and the Census Bureau

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Vigilant Americans who are suspicious of individuals claiming to represent the Census Bureau have in many cases called the authorities. For instance,  NBC affiliate DFW in Richardson, Texas reports that residents were concerned about the legitimacy of census workers going to door to door, so they called the cops.

Part of the problem is that the Census Bureau doesn’t permit its employees to be photographed or videotaped while on the job, so residents would not know from other media reports what census enumerators wear or what their flimsy ID badges look like. In the opinion of MyTwoCensus, this ban on the media violates the first amendment that gives freedom to the press. It’s not like Census Bureau enumerators need their faces hidden for national security purposes like CIA Agents or FBI Agents would…Here’s the full story from Richardson, TX:

Gary Locke and Load

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Last week, the Obama administration announced it’s 3rd  candidate to serve as Census Czar (Secretary of Commerce), former Washington governor Gary Locke. Ostensibly, Locke was thoroughly vetted to avoid any skeletons in his closet that would interfere with the confirmation process.

Some articles about the nomination:

FoxNews: Locke Enters Debate Over Obama’s Census Plans

NY Times: Obama Picks New Nominee at Commerce

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Commerce Secretary Nominee Well Known in China

Bloomberg: Obama Says Locke Will Be Ambassador for U.S. Business

Krauthammer: The Census was at the root of Gregg’s departure

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer believes that the Census was a a major concern that led to Gregg’s withdrawal as the nominee for the Secretary of Commerce position. If Gregg became Secretary of Commerce, he would have to wrestle for control over the Census process with White House Chief of Staff (and attack dog) Rahm Emanuel. But Gregg may simply get the heeby-jeebys when he thinks about shaking Rahm Emanuel’s finger stump before and after all Census-related meetings.

White House on Gregg’s Withdrawal

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Here is the official White House statement on Judd Gregg’s withdrawal:

“Senator Gregg reached out to the President and offered his name for Secretary of Commerce. He was very clear throughout the interviewing process that despite past disagreements about policies, he would support, embrace, and move forward with the President’s agenda. Once it became clear after his nomination that Senator Gregg was not going to be supporting some of President Obama’s key economic priorities, it became necessary for Senator Gregg and the Obama administration to part ways. We regret that he has had a change of heart.”

Now, I don’t mean to stoke the fire here, but this statement sounds a little hostile compared to other withdrawals — Tom Daschle, Bill Richardson, Nancy Killifer, and the like. It’s like the White House is outwardly saying, “He turned on us,” or, more implicitly, He screwed us. These press statements are painstakingly crafted so nothing is left to insinuate; every word is deliberate. By using the phrase, “It became necessary for Senator Gregg and the Obama administration to part ways,” the message is clear — Gregg got dumped, not the other way around.

Gregg Withdraws Commerce Bid Over Census and Stimulus Disagreements

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Looks like there’ll be one less Republican in President Obama’s administration. As if Obama’s Cabinet picks hadn’t been battered enough in recent weeks, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) announced this afternoon that he is no longer seeking the Commerce secretary position the president tapped him for earlier this month, citing “irresolvable conflicts” over the stimulus package and the Census. Lest we forget, Gregg was Obama’s second choice for the Commerce post after Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) withdrew his name a month before over a “pay-to-play” probe in his state.

Below is the statement from Gregg’s office:

“I want to thank the President for nominating me to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce. This was a great honor, and I had felt that I could bring some views and ideas that would assist him in governing during this difficult time. I especially admire his willingness to reach across the aisle. However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me. Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy. Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiatives. I greatly admire President Obama and know our country will benefit from his leadership, but at this time I must withdraw my name from consideration for this position. As we move forward, I expect there will be many issues and initiatives where I can and will work to assure the success of the President’s proposals. This will certainly be a goal of mine. Kathy and I also want to specifically thank Governor Lynch and Bonnie Newman for their friendship and assistance during this period. In addition we wish to thank all the people, especially in New Hampshire, who have been so kind and generous in their supportive comments. As a further matter of clarification, nothing about the vetting process played any role in this decision. I will continue to represent the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate.”

Who will control the Census?

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

At this juncture, with a Democrat in the White House, and Democrats in control of Congress, many Republican and right-wing organizations fear that the Obama Administration’s desire to have more control over the 2010 Census will bring them harm. To learn about these fears, read the following articles that, with the exception of the LA Times, come from right-leaning publications:

FoxNews: Don’t Mess With the Census

LA Times: Growing political battle over the Census: Latinos versus Republicans

Wall Street Journal: Why Obama Wants Control of the Census

Investor’s Business Daily: Head-Count Case