Obama’s Socialist Census Power Grab

This story isn’t getting nearly as much attention as it should. After nominating Republican Senator Judd Gregg as Commerce Secretary, the Obama administration announced it was taking the census away from Commerce and taking over the job of counting the American people.

This should scare you, because it is a clear abuse of power.

Martha Zoller of Human Events summarized it this way:

The preservation and expansion of the Democrat majority is the only reason the Obama Administration is exercising its power and taking over the Census. Last week, without much fanfare, The White House moved control of the Census from the Commerce Department to the Executive Branch. The Democrats want to use “sampling” to add to the counts in urban areas homeless people and minorities that they believe will be under counted. The Supreme Court shot down the idea of “sampling” in the last Census, but the Obama Administration is going to tee it up again and see if it flies.

In the last Census, congressional seats moved from states that were losing population in the North and Northeast, to states that were gaining population in the South, Southwest and Mountain regions of America. That is a loss of power from generally Democrat strongholds to more likely Republican areas. That population trend is expected to continue which means more seats out of Blue States into Red States.

That’s why before the ink was even dry on the announcement of Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) as Commerce Secretary, the Congressional Black Caucus and Latino groups were complaining that a Republican could not be in control of the census. Instead of supporting Gregg and letting the confirmation process vet this issue, the White House immediately caved and gave the power of oversight of the Census to the White House and indicated that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel would be in charge.

The problem – as US News’ Michael Barone pointed out – is that this agenda is blatantly unconstitutional:

Here’s an argument that it’s unconstitutional for the president to take over the Census from the secretary of commerce. It goes like this: Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution provides for an “actual enumeration” and a statute passed by Congress provides that the duties under this clause are to be performed by the secretary of commerce. Article I (as Joseph Biden didn’t know in debate) is about the legislative, not the executive branch. Hence, it is argued, the president can’t substitute a sampling for the enumeration required to be done by the secretary.

The Supreme Court has already ruled against the use of the statistical sampling that liberals want to use to create false figures by which they can ram home their agenda. And that case didn’t even involved the further blatant politicization of putting the Census under the Democrat political operative who used to run the Democratic Caucus – you know, the organization that had the job of electing and securing power for the Democrat Party?

The Census determines the number of Congressional districts and determines the size and shape of those districts. Federal and state resources are allocated based on the Census. The Electoral College itself is allocated on the basis of the Census.

As is so often the case, the Constitution is getting in the way of the sweeping socialist agenda of the Democrats. More “needy” and “‘politically correct’ protected people groups in turn garner more government resources to “care” for them. An “actual enumeration” doesn’t give Democrats the numbers of minorities and homeless that they need to force their agenda; so they want a “sampling” method that will allow them to essentially fill in the number they need. Kind of like giving themselves a blank check on your bank account.

This is a power grab, pure and simple.

It reveals the mindset of a President who thinks he is above the Constitution, and above the rules that have applied to other Presidents before him. It reveals the attitude of people who crave only power.

Can you imagine the howls of outrage if President George Bush had attempted to give control of the Census to Karl Rove? Rahm Emmanuel is every bit as partisan and politically Machiavellian as Karl Rove ever was; but Bush – even as Obama and other Democrats claim he sought an “Imperial presidency” and that he “abused his power” – had more respect for the rule of law than Obama is displaying now.

2 Responses to “Obama’s Socialist Census Power Grab”

  1. Ted Says:

    Obama’s stealing the census from Congress has suddenly awakened and enraged the Republicans. Maybe this will arouse them as well to challenge Obama for stealing the Presidency itself. They surely know he is not an Article 2 “natural born citizen” (which is more than merely being a 14th Amendment “citizen”) by virtue of either Obama’s birth to a dad of Kenyan/British citizenship or birth in Kenya itself — as manifested by his unwillingness to supply his long form birth certificate now under seal.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    It was sad that the Supreme Court did not do due diligence to the evidence that Obama was not born in the United States. Instead, they allowed a liberal in Hawaii to say, “Trust me.”

    It’s amazing how many different frauds were perpetuated in order to get this guy in office.

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