Monday, February 9, 2009

US Census "Change" UPDATE

Perhaps I'm internet illiterate, my computer is having a bad day, or I'm just paranoid, but I can't make the Government issued link regarding their authority at the Census Bureau website work.

Perhaps you can. If so, feel free to douse me in shame for my inability to navigate a simple website.

If you can't, consider that Obama wants to give the 2010 Census over to Rahm Emanuel. Ummm...

According to United States Code, Title 13, Chapter 1, Subchapter I, Sub-section 4 (Courtesy of Cornell University Law School):

"The Secretary (of Commerce) shall perform the functions and duties imposed upon him by this title, may issue such rules and regulations as he deems necessary to carry out such functions and duties, and may delegate the performance of such functions and duties and the authority to issue such rules and regulations to such officers and employees of the Department of Commerce as he may designate."

Funny, I don't see Rahm's name anywhere in there. Neither do I see a legal base for giving him control of the Census.

This would be the same Census that provides the information for Voting Districts.

"Congress passed H.R. 1753, which was enacted as Public Law (P.L.) 94-171 in late December 1975. This law directed the Secretary of Commerce to issue a set of technical criteria, by April 1, 1976, for States to follow in specifying the geographic entities for which they wished to receive data tabulations. Second, the law also required the States to submit these geographic plans to the Secretary for consideration no later than April 1, 1977. Finally, the law required the Secretary of Commerce to transmit the population counts to the Governor and public bodies having initial responsibility for legislative districting in all States by April 1, 1981—one year after census day. The Secretary of Commerce delegated all responsibilities assigned by the legislation to the Census Bureau." ~ US Census Bureau

The fact that I get a "HTTP 404" page when I try to access the United States Census Bureau's own archival authority proof is worrisome.

I just hope that days before the Census kicks off, we aren't suddenly treated to a pdf file in their records with Rahm Emanuel's name scotch-taped in opportune places.

Because that would just be silly, right?


The GPO (Government Print Office) does have Title 13, but only if you look directly for it on the site. The link from the US Census is still "404'd"...

H/T: Ace of Spades