Or perhaps the least shocking thing you’ll ever read. New reports coming out about the Obama administration’s brazen effort to turn the 2010 census from mere data collection into a political football about to be used in a massive congressional power grab.
Normally the census is carried out by the Commerce Department, as it has been for years, however, now the White House has taken it out of the Commerce Department and put it into the weaselly hands of Rahm Emmanuel.
Report on the debauchery from WND:
In a move with major political implications for voting, districting and representation in future elections, the Obama administration has demanded oversight of the 2010 U.S. census.
The move has Republicans crying foul, alleging that transferring the power of census-taking from the Commerce Department, which normally oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, to the White House is an attempt to manipulate redistricting of congressional seats.
“This action appears to be motivated by politics, rather than the interests of our country,” House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement. “The United States Census should remain independent of politics; it should not be directed by political operatives working out of the White House.”
The Washington Post’s Mary Ann Akers reports a senior Republican aide telling her that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has no business overseeing the headcount that will shape the future of U.S. elections.
“With all of its political implications,” the aide reportedly said, “hijacking the census from the Commerce Department and letting it be run out of Rahm’s office is like putting PETA in charge of issuing hunting permits.”
Congressional Quarterly reports that Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the top Republican on the House Government Reform Committee, said the proposed move may even be in violation of federal law.
“Any attempt by the Obama administration to circumvent the census process for their political benefit will be met with fierce opposition,” said Issa. “This ill-conceived proposal undermines a constitutionally obligated process that speaks to the very heart of our democracy.”
Glenn Beck explains a bit deeper:
Imagine.. just imagine for a moment if the Bush administration would have done this. We would still be seeing ads from MoveOn.org and Keith Olbermann would still be wetting himself over it.
Maybe some of you who voted for Obama will wake up at some point and realize you voted for little more than a liberal partisan.
Exit question: Will anyone even care about the census? My guess is no.