Monday, July 17, 2017

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. Every decade since 1790, as required by the Constitution, the federal government has undertaken a painstaking census of its people, the accuracy and fairness of which serves the interests of both political parties and of every citizen. The decennial count is used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives and set the boundaries of congressional districts. It determines how tens of billions of dollars in federal aid are divvied up. 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.

   Robert directs your attention to this comment at the linked source;

Alan R Brock Richmond VA 1 hour ago "Any failure would be immediately apparent- and it would tar Republicans at the height of the 2020 primary campaign season." I honestly don't think Republicans care. After all, how many layers of tar can they absorb before they realize that one more won't make that much difference? It is true that Republicans and the Trump administration are at war with facts, at least, any facts which don't support their ideology. Yet, here they are, in control of all three branches of the federal government and a huge share of the state governments.
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