I’ve been hearing rumblings about this, and wondering, “What are they up to, now?”
The Politico reports:
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) thinks the White House decision to strip Commerce Secretary-nominee Judd Gregg of control over the Census Bureau is a bad idea — and giving control to the White House is even worse.
Hill sources tell Politico that the bureau — which collects data used for the 2010 redistricting — could fall under the control of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, former head of the DCCC.
And that caught the attention of McHenry and Darrell Issa (R-Calif).
“We are deeply concerned about Rahm Emanuel getting control of the Census Bureau,” said McHenry, who has a history of run-ins with the hot-tempered former Illinois congressman. “The concern is that he would politicize the bureau.”
Asked if he was suggesting the move was an Emanuel power play, he replied, “Sure.”
The New York Times published this helpful oped Feb. 4.:
(ATT: Obama Administration!):
The Census Bureau is a major agency within the Commerce Department, and the decennial census — the next one is in 2010 — is a mammoth undertaking. After years of mismanagement and underfinancing by the Bush administration, the bureau is so ill prepared to conduct next year’s count that Congressional investigators have warned that it is at high risk of failure unless corrective action is taken immediately.
Mr. Gregg was never a friend of the census. As chairman of the Senate committee that oversees the Commerce Department’s budget, he frequently tried to cut the bureau’s financing. In 1999, he opposed emergency funds for the 2000 census requested by President Bill Clinton and the Republican-controlled House.
Here are The Fox News All Stars talking about it
With all that stimulus money going to Acorn and other Democrat special interests, and with Raum Emanuel’s control of the Census, the Republicans are going to be sitting pretty in 2012, eh?
I remember asking if we were witnessing a slow motion coup d’etat back in October. Obama continues to reinforce my worst fears.
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit
Uncle Jimbo thinks this power grab may not actually be constitutional. A legal challenge may be in order.
John fund in a column at the WSJ, today, explains why Obama wants to control the census.